Sam shuts gate on unbeaten run

Joseph Bulmer

Leaders Fremington beaten for the first time this season

INTERMEDIATE One leaders Fremington suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday.

Fremmy were beaten 1-0 by Ilfracombe Town Thirds at Killacleave, a single goal by Sam Gater ending a 14–match unbeaten league run stretching back to May this year.

The defeat means that second-placed Merton – who beat Hartland 3-1 on Saturday – have closed the gap to two points with a game to spare.

New Northam Lions Reserves manager Ben Davey took his tally to seven points from the last nine with a 3-1 win at home to Clovelly.

There was no “deadlock” to speak of at Burrough Farm, Cosmo Ayres scoring the game’s opening goal with just seconds played.

The Lions increased their lead in the second half, Dan Staddon heading in from a corner.

Trevor May then scored the goal of the game, cutting inside and firing into the top corner from a seemingly impossible position 30-yards out on the left touchline.

The game at Victoria Park between Northside Atlantic and Equalizers produced 12 goals.

Atlantic edged the 7-5 thriller, Carl Armstrong bagging four goals, with one for Vinny Bott and two own goals securing the points.

Luke Parish scored the first for the visitors before Terry Wheaton followed up with two, the first a header and the second a strike from 20 yards. A goal by Greg Norman and a curled effort from the edge of the 18-yard box by substitute Ross Johnson were not enough to earn Equalizers a share of a game they felt they deserved. Equalizers also had two goals disallowed.

Landkey Town continued their steady climb up the table with a 3-0 win at Braunton Thirds.

With both sides cancelling each other out in a tight opening half of football at Lobb Field, Steve Folland made the breakthrough with a header from a corner.

Lee Kerswell made it two after his initial penalty kick was saved, and Connor White scored the game’s third with a low drive into the bottom corner as Landkey climbed two places to fifth.

Manager Mike Rippon praised the part played by 17-year-old sweeper Charlie Griffiths, who has recently made the step up from the Sunday league side.

“Charlie had a solid game behind Steve Folland,” said Rippon.

Richard Nott scored a hat-trick for Sporting Barum in a 6-3 win against AFC Anchor at Rock Park.

Daniel Ferne, Kyle Spear and Adam Walters also scored for Barum, while Terry Hollingsworth (2) and Ben Roy were on target for Anchor.