Ammies hit 14 in Valentine's Day Morwenstow massacre
THERE was no love lost at Mill Road this Valentine s Day as Barnstaple Ammies shot no less than 14 arrows through the hearts of visitors Morwenstow. The crushing defeat of the former Premier Division champions was as brutal in the second half as it was in
THERE was no love lost at Mill Road this Valentine's Day as Barnstaple Ammies shot no less than 14 arrows through the hearts of visitors Morwenstow.The crushing defeat of the former Premier Division champions was as brutal in the second half as it was in the first, with seven goals each side of what must have been an uncomfortable half-time break for the Greens. Scott Sharp fired five goals, Mark Beades, four, Ronnie Richmond two, Greg Holland, two, and Luke Holland, one, as the Ammies played some commanding football. No doubt Morwenstow will be hoping to cut out the 'cupid' mistakes in this Saturday's re-match.Meanwhile in the Brayford Cup, Appledore Reserves avenged last week's 3-2 league defeat against Boca Seniors to earn a home semi-final tie against Georgeham on Saturday, February 28.The Fishermen ran out convincing 6-1 winners and punished uncharacteristically poor defending by the Barnstaple side.Boca will be hoping to put the defeat behind them in the run-up to this Saturday's Devon Premier Cup semi-final against Exeter Civil Service at Witheridge FC, kick-off 2pm.Pilton Academicals started strongly in their Combe Martin Cup game against Braunton Reserves. But an early Tom Nash goal was not enough to earn a semi-final place as a power-packed Braunton front-line made steady in-roads to a 4-1 victory at Rock Park. Matt Hunnibell got the visitors back on track before Louis Murrell scored either side of a Ricky Jeffery strike.The cup misery continued for Pilton on Sunday when they bowed out of the Braunton Cup, going down 2-1 to Intermediate One leaders Landkey.In Intermediate Two, double strikes by Wayne Parkhouse and Nico Pheiffer helped Equalizers to a 5-1 win against Anchor.Tony Philpotts was also on the score sheet when he cut in from the left and drilled the ball from 18-yards into the bottom left corner of the net.Also in the division, a dismal day at Hartland was brightened by the appearance of top local referee Andy Bennett, who took charge of the game with Sporting Barum before the following day's Blue Square Premier clash between Kidderminster and Northwich. Paul Millward gave Sporting the lead with a 25-yard top corner effort eight minutes in after good work from Adam Walters. Both teams tried to play passing football on a heavy pitch and Hartland pulled one back with a freak Nick Holton own goal.In the second half, new Sporting signing Ben Walters made an immediate impact and it wasn't long before Sam Paddon put the visitors in front again. And although Hartland equalised from the spot, it was to be Sporting's day as Walters scored a fine debut goal to secure his side's first win since November.In Intermediate Two, new young South Molton Reserves goalkeeper Steven Slee saved brilliantly to deny Northam Lions Thirds a second goal in the first half at Old Alswear Road.Phil Robinson and Simon Collins scored half goals for the Images but they were not enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Lions.