All of this week’s North Devon Gazette Football League cup action
BRAUNTON will meet Bideford Reserves in this year’s Brayford Cup final after a thrilling semi-final shoot-out win over Barnstaple AAC.
Ammies came into the game as big underdogs, but continued to show the form which had already seen them beat Shebbear and Fremington to get to the semi-finals.
Braunton came into the game high on confidence, having regained top spot in the premier division the previous weekend, and the two sides could not be separated over 90 minutes.
The sides finished all square at 2-2, and would need a penalty shoot-out to decide a winner.
Ultimately, it was Braunton who prevailed by three spot kicks to one to set up an exciting final against Bideford Reserves, who beat Ilfracombe Reserves last week to book their place in the final.
Braunton Reserves, too, will contest their league’s cup final after steamrollering Ashwater 4-0 in the Combe Martin Cup.
Top scorer Alan Woodcock was the hat-trick hero for Braunton, while Ryan Hawkes also got on the board for the visitors.
Young ‘keeper Charlie Bennett was outstanding once again, saving a Ben Potter penalty on his way to a fine clean sheet.
Braunton will meet Barnstaple FC in the final after they overcame North Molton Reserves in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Michael Hatcher and Daniel Milewski scored for the home side, but they were eclipsed by a hat-trick from Connor Nash and a fourth goal from Tom Nash as Barnstaple set up a tasty-looking final.
In the week that one of the club’s greatest fans and servants Edith Cook sadly passed away, Hartland produced a performance which would have surely made her proud to reach the Arlington Cup final.
They overcame Barnstaple FC Reserves on penalties to book their place in a second cup final for the season, having already reached the final of the Buddens Westinsure Devon Intermediate Cup.
Hartland eventually won the shoot-out 6-5 after a tight match finished 1-1.
Woolacombe and Mortehoe await them in the final, having beaten Equalizers 6-2 in their semi-final clash.
Woolacombe raced into an early lead and, despite Equalizers’ best attempts to get back on terms, never looked back.
In the NDJ Cup, North Molton Thirds will face Haxton Rangers in the final after two highly entertaining semi-finals.
Haxton beat Anchor Chiefs Reserves 6-3 in a very open game, with both sides enjoying a number of good chances.
For Haxton, newcomers to the North Devon League this year, it will be a first chance to win some silverware, which they hope could be part of a league and cup double.
North Molton Thirds had to come through a war with Fremington Reserves, as both sides finished with 10 men.
Molton came through as 3-2 winners, with Brad Campbell (2) and Archie Griffiths getting their goals. Oliver Bosence was send for an early bath for the home side.
Josh Hooper and Jamie Storey scored for Fremington, with Mark Rippon seeing red for the visitors.