NORTH Devon Football Senior league title contenders Chittlehampton got their New Year off to a flier with a hard-fought 1-0 win against leaders Ilfracombe Town Reserves. Chittle' travelled to Marlborough Park just four points behind 'Combe with a game in
NORTH Devon Football Senior league title contenders Chittlehampton got their New Year off to a flier with a hard-fought 1-0 win against leaders Ilfracombe Town Reserves. Chittle' travelled to Marlborough Park just four points behind 'Combe with a game in hand. With little to separate the teams, it was Ross Williams' header with half an hour to go that sealed what could turn out to be an important season double over the Bluebirds come the end of the season.Also in the division, Pilton Academicals moved into third spot courtesy of their own tousle with Shamwickshire Reserves.The feisty affair saw Shammy take a 1-0 half-time lead against the run of play. Aaron Richmond smacked one off the bar and Adam Gregory saw an effort cleared off the line.In the second half, Pilton equalised with a fine James Gregory goal from a tight angle. And as they moved through the gears, Richmond powered past two defenders to smash the ball into the corner and give his side the lead.Tony Higgs made it 3-1, before Shammy pulled one back with 10 minutes to go to make the final score 3-2.In the Premier Division, only two games escaped the weather.Kieran Haywood and Richard Stanbury were the scorers for Grosvenor/Lovacott in their 5-2 defeat against the resurgent North Molton. A Tom Marsh hat-trick, and goals by Dean Plummer and Simon Loosemore gave the Stags their sixth win of the season.In the division's other game, Hartland beat bottom club, derby rivals Kilkhampton, with a 2-1 away win.In Intermediate One, Combe Martin Reserves maintained their 100 per cent record with a straightforward 3-0 win against a young Braunton Thirds side. Adam Rice, Tony Lines and Richard Watkins were the scorers on a sticky Hollands Park pitch.Equalizers pulled through in their game against bottom side Hartland Reserves with a 3-2 win. Andrew Parkhouse (2) and Scott Langmead were the scorers for the Barnstaple side who now sit fifth in the table.In the same division, Georgeham Reserves made light work of a managerless and under-strength Sporting Barum, destroying the visitors in a 7-1 thumping. Georgeham's scorers were Sean Creely (2), Tim Scott, Dave Newsome, Sam Dodge and Mike Symonds, with Dan Colwill's delightful left foot chip in-off the underside of the bar the pick of the bunch. Adam Walters scored the only goal for Sporting.At North Molton, a father and son duo got themselves on the scoresheet in the Reserves' game against Lynton. Son Matt Yates bagged a hat-trick, while dad Mike scored one, along with Rupert Smith, Matt Tapp and Dan Bruce (2) in an 8-1 victory.