Appledore Reserves are the 2018 Combe Martin Cup champions.

Appledore Reserves' Combe Martin Cup final squad.Appledore Reserves' Combe Martin Cup final squad.

The Fishermen beat Ilfracombe Town Thirds 1-0 at Hollands Park on Saturday evening to lift the North Devon Senior league cup.

Substitute Nathan Davis scored the decisive goal, tapping in from close range with 15 minutes to go to secure the silverware.

Appledore manager Andrew Taylor said: “I thought we were dominant to be fair. We gave them limited chances and we just couldn’t put the ball in the net.

“It was a very good game, very feisty - it was just a really good final.

Combe Martin Cup final man of the match Aaron Souster.Combe Martin Cup final man of the match Aaron Souster.

“I think it could have been three or four at half time. We hit the post and the bar, just about did everything but score.”

The two sides both won silverware last season, with Appledore taking the Intermediate One title and Ilfracombe winning the Arlington Cup.

The Fishermen are also still in contention to be promoted from the Senior this season, in what would cap off an excellent couple of seasons.

“It’s very pleasing,” said Taylor.

“If you had said to me a year ago we’d get promoted from Intermediate One, win the Combe Martin Cup and might get promoted again - I would have taken it. Things are looking good.”