Second-half break-through provides all three points
BARNSTAPLE FC kept the heat on Intermediate Two leaders Torridgeside Reserves with a hard-fought 3-1 win at home to Buckland Brewer.
Connor Nash, Tom Nash and Maurice Charley found the net against a formidable Buckland backline, who put in a dogged defensive shift to limit a side that’s currently averaging 6.4 goals per game.
A Simon Adams free-kick levelled the scores at the interval but despite a red card for Bobby Davidson, the hosts proved too strong in the second period.
Brewer manager John Adams praised 16-year-old goalkeeper Jordan North, who kept Barnstaple at bay with a string of great saves.
“Although they scored twice early in the second half, we refused to fall apart and threw players in front of everything that Barnstaple put our way,” he added.
Torridgeside Reserves found it tough going in the match at Hartland Reserves – despite running out 6-1 winners.
Sam Pett opened the scoring for the visitors before Hartland levelled the scores 10 minutes before half time.
Manager Mike Gilbert made changes to the midfield at the break, bringing on Adam Isaac and the experienced Shaun Kennealy. The changes did the trick, Pett finishing the match with four goals and Andy Stevens and Gary Hill adding one each.
James Doble opened the scoring for Pilton Academicals Reserves in a 3-0 home win against Anchor Chiefs.
Doble made the transition from left-back to centre-forward and led the line well, beating a defender to create his own chance in the box and finish with aplomb on 24 minutes.
Claudio Pinto, one of two first teamers in the starting line-up due to player unavailability, scored twice in the second half as the Accies racked up their third win of the season.
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Bratton Fleming Reserves lost 8-3 to Torrington Reserves in the Holman Cup. Six-nil down at half-time, Bratton put in a better second half display, with two goals by Neil Tweedie and a penalty by Damian Green to show for their efforts.
In other league results, Fremington Reserves beat Chittlehampton Reserves 6-4 and Georgeham & Croyde Reserves beat North Molton Thirds 4-2.