This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up

PREMIER

Bideford Community AFC sent out a clear message that they mean business in the North Devon Gazette Football League Premier Division with a 2-1 win against Boca Seniors.

Bideford have won six of their first seven in the league and are now up to fifth with games in hand on the teams above them.

Saturday’s victory against Boca - who are rarely far away from the title challenge - came thanks to two strikes from Nathan Bate.

Boca’s goal came from Scott Sharp.

Torridgeside are still top of the league, consolidating their position 
with a 2-1 victory at home to 
Ilfracombe Town.

Ilfracombe have struggled for consistency this season, but looked strong against the in-form Torridgeside.

The league leaders hung on, though, setting them up nicely for a first versus fourth clash with Bradworthy this Saturday.

Bradworthy went fourth by beating Fremington 4-2 in an entertaining game.

Defending champions Braunton are also looking good this season, and made it eight wins from nine with a 2-0 victory at Appledore Reserves on Saturday.

They don’t have a league game scheduled for this weekend, though, so might find themselves with even more ground to make up on Torridgeside.

Park United powered their way up to sixth in the table with an impressive 9-0 win at Shebbear United.

Shebbear went into the clash with just one point to their name, but this was still an impressive attacking display from Park.

Nick Glover starred with four goals, while Chris Brown bagged two.

Also on the score sheet were Matthew Fay, Ashley Glover and Matt Lewis.

Park will face a good test of exactly how good their team is this year when they travel to the Tarka Tennis Centre to take on Boca Seniors on Saturday.

Landkey Town bounced back from conceding 10 goals to Torridgeside last week with a well-earned 3-1 win at Shamwickshire Rovers.

It was only Landkey’s third league win of the season, but the three points were enough to lift them to 10th.

SENIOR

Hartland’s impressive unbeaten run goes on in the Senior Division, although they were pushed all the way by a spirited Combe Martin on Saturday.

The league leaders eventually came away with a 2-1 win at home, extending their lead at the top to four points.

Chivenor are still the closest team to Hartland, but they dropped points at the weekend.

They could only leave Pilton Academicals with one point, following a 2-2 draw.

It means Chivenor are four points behind and have played a game more, going into a key game against in-form Braunton Reserves this Saturday.

Braunton go into that clash on a four-game winning run, and have won seven of their first eight fixtures in the league.

They beat Torridgeside Reserves 2-1 on Saturday to extend that run, with Chris Roberts and Alan Woodcock scoring their goals.

Torridgeside’s came from Oliver Kenneally.

Chittlehampton have crept up to third, and are only six points off the top after a 4-3 victory over Georgeham and Croyde.

Chittle go to Barnstaple AAC on Saturday on the back of a 1-1 draw for Ammies at Northam Lions.

Putford felt that winning feeling for just the second time this season on Saturday, overcoming Woolacombe and Mortehoe by two goals to one.

INTERMEDIATE ONE

Braunton Thirds pulled level with Sporting Barum at the top of Intermediate One with a 3-2 win at Barnstaple FC Reserves.

Ben Aitken, Oliver Bennett and Toby Bennett got the goals, while Barnstaple’s scorers were Ryan Elston and Ryan Goss.

Clovelly were in impressive form on Saturday, staying third with an 8-1 thrashing of Appledore Thirds.

It was a high-scoring weekend across the division, with nine goals also scored at Morwenstow.

Their reserves beat Equalizers 5-4 thanks to goals from Dean Wickett (2), Ryan Bunning, Joel Davey and Aiden Davis.

The defeat was particularly harsh on Equalizers’ Kyle Jones, who scored all four of his team’s goals.

There were eight goals at Marlborough Park as Ilfracombe Reserves beat South Molton 6-2.

‘Combe’s came from Adam Bryant, Gary Constantine, Mark Gilfillan, Kye Goodman, Mark Lancey and Ki Standley.

At Landkey, Anchor Chiefs won by the odd goal in seven.

A 4-3 win was secured by Tom Barton (2), Ross Drury and Ian Keen.

High Bickington were 4-0 winners at Haxton Rangers.

INTERMEDIATE TWO

Only three games were played in Intermediate Two on Saturday, but there was no shortage of action as they produced 19 goals between them.

Ilfracombe Town Thirds made their way to the top of the table by scoring almost half of those goals themselves.

They pummelled Merton Reserves 9-1, with James Harker netting a hat-trick.

Oscar Brown and Ollie Coles each scored twice, and Ryan Porter and Archie Williams-Mills rounded off the scoring.

Billy Booth scored a consolation strike for Merton.

The victory lifted Ilfracombe above Bideford CAFC Reserves on goal difference - where they have a significant advantage in the fight between the two sides with 100 per cent records.

Fremington Reserves are still unbeaten and made it five wins out of six with a 3-1 victory at Combe Martin Reserves on Saturday.

The win saw Fremington leapfrog Combe Martin into third place.

Georgeham and Croyde Reserves are still searching for their first points of the season, after coming oh-so-close against Braunton Fourths.

Braunton held on for a 3-2 win, thanks to strikes from Daniel Nott (2) and Oliver Jarman.

Nic Shilleto and Dean Seville struk in vain for Georgeham.