Northside set sail for division one

Joseph Bulmer

Atlantic ride the crest of a wave to the league title

TWO wins in a week have secured the Intermediate Two title for Northside Atlantic.

The Bideford side thrashed Hartland Reserves 7-0 on Thursday night with goals by Dan Woolf (3), Carl Armstrong (2), Vinny Bott and a Matt Cann penalty.

They knew a win at home to Chittlehampton Reserves on Saturday would seal the deal and promptly set about finishing the job with another Dan Woolf hat-trick and singles from Matthew Horn, Carl Armstrong and Kieran Hodge.

Atlantic – playing in only their second season since joining the league – have dropped points in only two games this season and have earned top spot and promotion to Intermediate One with two matches to spare.

Monday’s 3-0 Hansen Cup defeat to Wrey Arms may have put a slight downer on the celebrations but there’ll be plenty more partying to come when the champions are presented with their silverware after the match at title rivals Fremington next Wednesday night.

It will be a bitter pill to swallow for Fremington, whose own promotion hopes took a bit of a dent with a 3-2 defeat against Pilton Academicals Reserves at Frembley on Saturday.

The hosts twice took the lead but were pegged back by a resilient Accies side that refused to roll over.

Darren Wood headed the first equaliser from a Simon Furse corner and right-back Garry Ellis maintained his impeccable record from the penalty spot by rifling in the second before the half-time break.

With both sides creating chances in an entertaining second half, it was Gary Grant who trickled the ball into the net to separate the two sides with a little under 15 minutes left to play.

Pilton were unable to find a similar winner 24-hours later. Dan Bazzard, Gary Grant and Adam Smith were on target in the in match against AFC Anchor Reserves.

Seventeen-year-old centre-back Will Brown scored his first goal for Anchor Chiefs as they came from behind to beat North Molton 2-1 at Rocksfield. Fellow youngster Matt Nailor, 16, scored the winner two minutes from time.