Rangers take aim

Joseph Bulmer

Lowly Dolton stun Barnstaple Ammies on their own turf

GEORGE Folland scored a first-half hat-trick as Dolton decimated Barnstaple AAC in the North Devon Gazette Premier Division on Saturday.

Rangers, who started the day third-from-bottom scored six without reply against the third-placed Ammies.

It was all over bar the shouting well before half-time at Pottington Road as the visitors raced into a 5-0 lead with goals by Folland, Mark Lake and Charlie Tubb. Tubb added a sixth in the second half as Dolton wrapped up only their third win from 11 this season.

The Ammies will be out for revenge when the sides meet again in the first round of the Brayford League Cup this Saturday.

With a number of Premier sides rested at the weekend, Torridgeside moved into fourth with a 2-1 win at home to Georgeham & Croyde.

Braunton hit the post just 15 seconds into their match at Bradwothy. They hit the bar two minutes later but despite their efforts in front of goal, found themselves 1-0 down at half-time after a “freak” Callum Norman own goal.

It was Bradworthy’s turn to hit the woodwork in the second half but two minutes from the final whistle, Braunton centre-half Dan Roberts went past one player and unleashed a 30-yard equaliser in off the far post.

And with the game in the seventh minute of added time, Norman headed back across the goal to Graham Green, who somehow hooked the ball over his shoulder and into the top corner to snatch a 2-1 win for Braunton.

Northam Lions got their claws into bottom side Hartland with an 8-0 win at Burrough Farm on Saturday. The unbeaten Senior Division leaders made it seven wins from eight this season thanks to a brace by Brian Levien and singles by Gavin Souch, Robert Crump, Cosmo Ayres, Darren Pollhill, Ryan West and an own goal.

Hot on their heels are Pilton Academicals, who put seven past South Molton without reply at the weekend. Aaron Richmond opened the scoring and Brendon Patton doubled it before Antony Higgs weighed in with four goals either side of the half-time break. Matt Hunt came off the bench mid-way through the second half to bag two goals as Pilton got clinical in the final third.

Like Northam, Pilton are also unbeaten in the league and have only conceded six goals this season; and if the Accies do their maths, they’ll know that a win by more than a goal in their game in hand would send them top of the senior division.

Without a regular keeper and with other key players missing, it was with some apprehension that Bratton Fleming paid a visit to Torrington Reserves’ Vicarage Field. Jamie Cameron donned the gloves and had an exceptional game only narrowly being beaten from the penalty spot in a 5-1 win.

The defence, led by Matt Scarce and Stuart Cameron, proved too strong for Torrie, while Liam Hawkins, Liam Monsell and the non-stop running of Steve Zecchini ensured Bratton had the midfield sewn up as well.

One goal from Marcus Mahoney and four by the “brilliant” Damian Green made for a very happy manager in Eddie Cameron. “It makes a manager’s life easy when your players perform like this in an all round excellent display of football,” he said.

Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves stay fifth despite a good 1-0 win at an improved Chittlehampton side. Chris Allan scored the goal 20 minutes from time to seal a victory that featured good debut performances by James Arbuthnott and 16-year-old former Bideford Blues player Joe Robinson.

Shebbear United won 2-1 at Braunton Reserves and Combe Martin Reserves picked up a point in a 1-1 draw against Bude Town.