Nash duo do the damage

Joseph Bulmer

Barnstaple FC close the gap to a point with 9-0 whitewash

BARNSTAPLE FC closed the gap on Intermediate Two leaders Torridgeside Reserves to a point following a 9-0 win at North Molton Thirds on Saturday.

It was a familiar family affair for Barum as uncle and nephew strike partners Tom and Connor Nash did the damage at Rocksfield with seven goals between them.

Tom scored four to Connor’s three and there were also goals for Stuart McKinnon and Ryan Goss as the visitors changed gears in the second half to increase a 3-0 lead at the break.

Barnstaple have a game in hand over unbeaten Torridgeside, who dropped points for only the second time this season with a 2-2 draw at home to third-placed Braunton Fourths.

Jay Sullivan levelled the scores for Torrie who went in at the break 1-1. Sam Pett put the hosts 2-1 up with 20 minutes to go before Braunton pulled a deserved goal back in what was a evenly contested game of football.

Anchor Chiefs put five past South Molton Reserves without reply at Old Alswear Road.

Manager Mick Tattersall gave his strikers licence to roam as part of a new formation. And it didn’t take long to pay dividends, skipper Shaun Hastings bagging a hat-trick with barely half-an-hour played.

Hastings made it 4-0 a minute after the break and 18-year-old right back Andrew Gist scored the goal of the game – his first for the club – with a perfectly struck shot from 25 yards.

Neil Tweedie scored twice in Bratton Fleming Reserves’ 4-1 win at home to Pilton Academicals Reserves. Dan Bowles scored on his debut and Steve Kingdom was also on target as Bratton increased a 2-1 half-time scroreline. Dean Stanworth scored the only goal for the Accies.

In the day’s other result, Chittlehampton Reserves beat Hartland Reserves 2-1.