Leaders pull it back at the Pollyfield

Joseph Bulmer

Ilfracombe Town Reserves come from behind against Shamwickshire Rovers.

NORTH Devon Gazette Premier Division leaders Ilfracombe Town Reserves had to come from behind to beat Shamwicksire Rovers 2-1 on Saturday.

Matt Downing opened the scoring for Shammy with a first half penalty at the Pollyfield Centre.

Mark Gilfillan equalised for the visitors before the break before Ray Squire scored a second-half winner.

The game was one of only a handful played on Saturday as a result of heavy rain on Friday night.

There were no pitch problems at Georgeham & Croyde, where the turf held out well against the elements as the home side enjoyed a 3-2 win against Dolton.

Gary Wood put the Hammers 2-0 up before being forced to take an unexpected turn between the sticks himself after goalkeeper Jon Higgs was forced to withdraw through injury minutes before the half-time break.

Dave Newsome put Georgeham 3-0 up when he beat three players before unleashing a shot into the bottom corner of the net with the last kick of the half.

Straight after the restart, the unfortunate Mike Symonds was red carded for handling the ball on the line.

Dolton’s Mike Cowell scored the resulting penalty kick and the Rangers scored a second goal with 10 minutes to go as Georgeham held out for the win.

In the Senior Division, Martyn Phillips scored another hat-trick for Lynton & Lynmouth, who beat bottom side Barnstaple AAC Reserves 5-1 at home.

Jack Pugsley scored a header from a Tommy Mirow free-kick and Max Smith scored from the edge of the 18-yard box.

Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves took just 11 players – including four debutants – to their match against Braunton Reserves at Lobb Field.

They soon gelled on the pitch, Ben Sherborne and Jake England firing the visiting side into a 2-0 lead.

Braunton hit back before the break, Louis Murrell finding the net after his initial penalty effort was saved.

Murrell added a second after the re-start and further goals by Jonny Shury and Ryan Hawkes completed the 4-2 turnaround.

In the only Intermediate One game played, Northside Atlantic leapfrogged opponents Merton into second in the table with a 2-1 away win.

Andy Clarke and Tom Gleeson scored the goals for Northside after James Ashton opened for Merton.

In Intermediate Two, Pilton Academicals Reserves goalkeeper Dave Holton conceded his first goal in 449 minutes of football on Saturday.

Fortunately for the Accies, the strike came in the final minute of a 10-1 rout at North Molton Thirds.

Pilton played some sharp one-touch passing football on a difficult pitch and took a 2-0 lead inside the first five minutes. They took advantage of the slope to extend the goal cushion to seven at the break and went on to score three more in the second period.

The excellent Jonathan Blundell topped the scoring with four goals, closely followed by Claudio Pinto on three. Sam Hommell scored two and there was a single for midfielder Darren Wood.