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

PREMIER

Braunton fired themselves right into title contention on Saturday with a 9-0 victory over North Molton Sports Club.

The Stags were overwhelmed from start to finish, with Joe Seldon leading the way with a hat-trick.

Braunton’s other scorers were Simon Townsend (2), Ross Maynard, Ian Wheatley, Ryan Hawkes and Ricky Marinaro.

It leaves them three points off the top, with a game in hand on pacesetters Torridgeside.

Torrington also continued their strong start to the season, winning 4-0 at Shebbear United to climb to fourth.

Saturday’s scorers were Kai Dymond, Thomas Parish, Nathan Delaune and Shane Shadrick.

The win leaves Torrington five points behind Torridgeside but with a game in hand.

A big game against Braunton a week on Saturday will be a real test of the title-challenging credentials.

Bradworthy are also keeping up with the pace at the top, and a 5-1 win at Shamwickshire Rovers on Saturday leaves them fifth, level on points with Torrington.

Landkey Town recorded only their second win of the season so far - but did so in some style.

A Claudio Pinto hat-trick fired them to an 8-2 victory over Appledore Reserves.

Ben Taylor came on as a sub to score twice, and there were also goals for Charlie Griffiths, Danny Hommell and Connor White.

Appledore’s scorers were Matthew Fay and John Jefferies.

Park United have made a quietly efficient start to their campaign and went sixth in the table with a 3-1 home win against Barnstaple FC on Saturday.

There was also a win for Fremington, who beat Ilfracombe Town 3-2.

Neither of the top two were in action at the weekend, but are scheduled to get back down to business a week on Saturday week.

Second-placed Boca Seniors will travel to Bradworthy, while Torridgeside are away to Landkey.

SENIOR

Hartland maintained their unbeaten start to the season with an imperious 5-0 win over Putford.

It was their seventh win in eight league matches - enough to keep them comfortably top of the table.

Chivenor are doing their best to keep the pressure on, though.

The newly-promoted outfit have made a great start to life in the Senior Division, and an 8-2 victory over Merton on Saturday kept them on track for a promotion push.

Chivenor’s win meant Chittlehampton slipped back into third, following a surprise 6-2 defeat at home to Combe Martin.

It was only Chittle’s second defeat of the season so far.

Their next assignment in the league will be away at Torridgeside Reserves - and on Saturday’s evidence that will be no easy game.

Torridgeside hammered Lynton and Lynmouth 11-0, enough to take them fourth in the table.

The goals were flowing throughout the Senior Division, with Georgham claiming six of their own at North Molton Reserves.

Their scorers were Jordan Evans (2), Michael Symonds, Raith Whattingham and Ronan Butters (2).

There were also wins for Pilton Academicals and Woolacombe and Mortehoe, who both won 2-1.

INTERMEDIATE ONE

Sporting Barum’s imperious start to the season continued with another double-figures display on Saturday.

They cracked 12 past South Molton to take their record to seven games played, seven games won.

Two players scored hat-tricks - Matthew Deakin and Mathew Mitchell, while Richard Eaton and Liam Hawkins both scored twice.

Kyle Spear and Richard Shannon also got in on the act.

It’s a start which has already given them a six-point cushion at the top of Intermediate One, with Clovelly, Braunton Thirds and Appledore Thirds all having a game in hand to try to close the gap.

Clovelly got their fifth win of the campaign thanks to a Reece Stanbury hat-trick at High Bickington.

The 3-1 win keeps them second on goal difference.

Braunton Thirds were also successful on Saturday, beating Haxton Rangers 2-1.

Toby Bennett scored two for Braunton, while Haxton’s goal was netted by Colin Welch.

Braunton are in league action on Saturday, travelling to High Bickington.

Appledore Thirds also made it five wins from six thanks to a 3-1 victory away at Barnstaple FC Reserves.

Callum Taylor hit two and Joe Wretham one for Appledore, while Paul Freeman scored Barnstaple’s goal.

Elsewhere, there were two high-scoring affairs.

Landkey Town Reserves won 6-4 in a ding-dong battle at Equalizers, and Ilfracombe Reserves beat Anchor Chiefs 3-2.

INTERMEDIATE TWO

Bideford Community AFC Reserves stayed top of the Intermediate Two table with a 5-2 win over Woolsery Reserves on Saturday.

Usual suspects Charlie Webb and Billy Blackburn both pitched in with braces, while Nathan Bate also scored.

It’s now six wins out of six for Bideford, who are three points clear of Combe Martin Reserves.

Combe Martin notched a win of their own on Saturday, beating Georgeham and Croyde Reserves by three goals to nil.

Ilfracombe Thirds had a couple of hat-tricks to thank for keeping up their 100 per cent start.

It’s four wins from four following Saturday’s comprehensive 8-2 win over Appledore Lions.

James Harker and Brodie Montague both hit hat-tricks, and Kingsley Jackson and Charlie Prentice also scored.

A Shane Dilling goal saw Merton Reserves move off the foot of the table with a 1-0 win against Northam Lions Reserves.