STEVE Skinner and Nick Fishwick combined to fire Appledore Reserves back to the top of the North Devon Gazette Premier Division on Saturday. After a goalless first half against newly-promoted Dolton at Marshford, the Fishermen battled to a 2-0 win that ea

STEVE Skinner and Nick Fishwick combined to fire Appledore Reserves back to the top of the North Devon Gazette Premier Division on Saturday.

After a goalless first half against newly-promoted Dolton at Marshford, the Fishermen battled to a 2-0 win that earned them their fifth win from five in the league this season.

Meanwhile, Bideford Reserves came from behind against Combe Martin to earn a point that saw them climb to second in the table.

The Robins cancelled out the visitors' first half advantage with two Sam Paddon goals in the opening three minutes of the second period. Combe made it 2-2 midway through the half and held on to the point under constant pressure by the hosts.

Two wins in a week saw Georgeham & Croyde climb to fifth in the table. The Hammers followed up a 3-2 midweek win at Ilfracombe Town Reserves with a 2-1 win at Putford.

Braunton picked up their first win in three with a 4-0 victory at home to Bradworthy. Right-back Jordan Darch scored his first for the first team since stepping up from the Reserves and set up fellow former second team player Tom White to give the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead.

Simon Townsend crossed for Eliott Whitecross on the hour mark for the third and new signing Wayne Thompson came off the bench to score the fourth with five minutes to go.

Four-goal Shamwickshire Rovers got "sweet revenge" over the morning league-leaders Barnstaple AAC. The Ammies picked up all three points in the Mill Road fixture the week before but Shammy were back on form at the Pollyfield with goals by Stu Bailey (2), Ben Evans-Loude and an own goal.

Shammy manager Gary Ford said the two teams were fairly evenly matched in the early stages but after his side took a two-goal lead before the break, there was only ever one team in it.

The scoreline would have been greater had Bailey not spurned his hat-trick chance when he blasted his penalty against the upright.

"It was a good result for us in the end," said Ford. "I thought we played well the week before and to be honest I don't think we've had a good goal scored against us this season.

"We haven't been able to field a full-strength team so far this season but looks like we could be back to something approaching full-strength in the next few weeks in time for the Devon Cup so we'll see what happens then.