Appledore made it three wins in a row on Saturday in Division One East of the South West Peninsula League.

Jimmy Thorne saves for Appledore against Budleigh Salterton. Ref ndg 11 18TI 9361. Picture: Terry IfeJimmy Thorne saves for Appledore against Budleigh Salterton. Ref ndg 11 18TI 9361. Picture: Terry Ife

The Fishermen beat Bovey Tracey 2-1 at Marshford, a result that moves them up to 12th in the league.

It was goalkeeper Jimmy Thorne who opened the scoring when his free-kick from inside the Fishermen's half sailed over everyone and landed in the goal.

Bovey equalised before Ben Whitecross converted a penalty to restore Appledore's lead.

Manager Keith Shapland said: "Jimmy's taken it and I've thought 'he's hit that way too hard, it's never going to land in the penalty area'.

"It went a bit further and I knew it was going in, it just went over everyone and the goalkeeper was off his line.

"The lads have done well, that's nine in three games now and we're moving up that little bit."

It's been a season of rebuilding for Appledore, with just a few of last season's title challengers still turning out for the Fishermen this season.

The new faces seem to have bedded in in 2018, with their only defeats coming against league leaders Newton Abbot Spurs, third-placed Budleigh Salterton and Torridgeside since the turn of the year.

Shapland said: "I said at the start of the season to judge us after Christmas.

"It's looking good and it's given me a bit of hope. Hopefully we can carry this on into next season. We've got plenty of young players, with three 16-year-olds and a 19-year-old, if they stick together they'll be alright.

"Sometimes what we do miss is a bit of experience, but overall I'm pleased with the way it's gone, we just need to carry it on."

Appledore play Torridgeside at Donnacroft on Wednesday night, following up with an away game against University of Exeter on Saturday.