Pilton stage second-half comeback with Furse, Dellar and Ellis all in the goals

PILTON Academicals staged a second-half fight back to climb two places in the Intermediate Two table on Saturday afternoon.

The Accies trailed to a strike on the half-hour mark by new South Molton Reserves signing Joe Chugg, who capped a third straight man-of-the-match award with his first goal for the club.

A rallying half-time team talk by manager Mark Gammon roused the troops and they hit back in emphatic style with two in the opening 10 minutes.

Simon Furse beat his man on the right flank to fire the equaliser on 50 minutes before the tireless running of Matthew Dellar earned the Accies their second five minutes later.

Furse won a penalty 10 minutes from time and Garry Ellis maintained his perfect record from the spot to make it 3-1.

Northside Atlantic made it 10 wins from 10 with a 7-1 win at Bratton Fleming Reserves.

Veterans Brian Cutler and Carl Armstrong have a combined age of 80 years between them but it didn’t stop them bagging the opening two goals. Armstrong scored a second and Neil Armstong and Vinny Bott got two each. Dale Bryant scored for Bratton.

In other results, Chittlehampton Reserves beat Northam Lions Thirds 3-1 and Braunton Fourths beat North Molton Thirds 5-3.

On Sunday, Bradworthy Reserves were beaten 4-2 by North Molton in the first round of the Holman Cup. Paul Huddleston scored one in open play and one from the spot for Bradworthy, who miss out on a visit to Lynton & Lynmouth in the next round.