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 Fishermens half sailed over everyone and landed in the goal. Bovey equalised before Ben Whitecross converted a penalty to restore Appledores lead. Manager Keith Shapland said: Jimmys taken it and Ive thought hes hit that way too hard, its 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, thats nine in three games now and were moving up that little bit. Its been a season of rebuilding for Appledore, with just a few of last seasons 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. Its looking good and its given me a bit of hope. Hopefully we can carry this on into next season. Weve got plenty of young players, with three 16-year-olds and a 19-year-old, if they stick together theyll be alright. Sometimes what we do miss is a bit of experience, but overall Im pleased with the way its 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.