BUCKLAND Brewer have spent a number of steady mid-table seasons in Intermediate Two during the last few years. But the Black Horse Field side is looking to take a giant stride from mediocrity this season by breaking for the Intermediate One boarder. Brewe
BUCKLAND Brewer have spent a number of steady mid-table seasons in Intermediate Two during the last few years. But the Black Horse Field side is looking to take a giant stride from mediocrity this season by breaking for the Intermediate One boarder.Brewer are top of the table at the half-way stage of 08/09; and a 2-0 win against local - and title - rivals Putford Reserves on Saturday will have given John Adams' team a massive boost. Matt Horn and Ed Jonckheere scored the second half goals that broke the deadlock of a scrappy first 45.Lynton pounced on the chance to go second with a 2-0 home win against Pilton Academicals Reserves. But they were made to work hard by an Accies side that rued a hat-full of first half missed chances - including a penalty that was blazed against the bar in the shadow of the Valley of the Rocks. Instead, it was Lynton who buried their chances in the half, two goals enough to thwart the visitors who struggled to make an impact playing up the slope and into the wind in the second half.Also in the division, North Molton Thirds stunted Ilfracombe Thirds' promotion push with a surprise 3-0 win thanks to goals by Matthew Yates (2) and Matt Coombes.Goals by Rob Reed helped South Molton to a 2-1 away win at Torridgeside Reserves. Ian Cockwill pulled one back for Torrie with 15 minutes left to play.Bratton Fleming beat bottom club Chittlehampton Reserves 3-1 with a brace by Jason Lewis and Michael Comer.In the Senior Division, Bratton's first team was pegged back by a dogged South Molton side who clambered back a 3-2 home win after going behind by an early Joe Gillard goal. Lance Kingdon (2) and Graham Shapland were the scorers for the Images while Colin Welch added a consolation for Bratton.Pilton Academicals were relieved to rescue a point after going down 1-0 to a first half strike by Ellis Thorne against strugglers Kilkhampton. Tom Nash met Adam Gregory's pinpoint cross to head home the equaliser for Pilton.Bideford Reserves moved into second in the table on goal difference after banging in five at bottom side Clovlley. Man-of-the-match Jack Langford scored twice, as did veteran striker Hector Christie. Ian Keen was also on target.Bideford manager Derrick Elston said: "All credit to Clovelly as they kept trying despite being under the cosh for most of the game."Shamwickshire Reserves scored twice late on to give hosts Braunton Reserves a slight scare. But Carl Armstrong and Ben Evans goals were not enough to cancel earlier strikes by Ben Green, Louis Murrell and Sam Box.Josh Pearce scored a screamer of a goal after only one minute of Chittlehampton's game against Shebbear United. But it wasn't enough as the visitors eventually pulled one back for a share of the points.Goals by Carl Smith, Steve Isaac and Andy King helped Barnstaple Ammies Reserves on the way to a 3-1 win against Combe Martin Reserves. In the Premier Division, Boca Seniors' "catch us if you can" attitude continued with a 4-2 win at Putford. Mark Barrow (2), Giles Daniel and Ross Maynard scored for Boca, while Dave Buckpitt and an own-goal gave the hosts second-half hope after they went down 3-0 down before the break.Referee Dave Loder was praised for his common-sense attitude after Combe Martin's home game against Braunton was switched to Lobb Field due to an unplayable pitch at Hollands Park. Braunton ran out 3-2 winners in a closely-fought match that saw them go 1-0 up through Ryan Dempsy; 2-1 up through Curtis Netherway; and then 3-2 winners through Russell Harrison's fine strike from the edge of the box with 10 minutes to play. Danny Bell and Joe Seldon scored for Combe. The sides will meet again - this time at Hollands Park - on Sunday.On Sunday, goals by Sam Box and Andy Bwye helped Braunton beat Barnstaple Town Reserves 2-1 and earn a quarter-final Torridge Cup tie with North Molton. The Stags meanwhile pulled off another good result on Saturday, this time notching a 2-1 win at Georgeham with Dean Plummer and Richard Uffendell goals. On Sunday, Plummer, 27, who joined the club's youth side as a six-year-old, celebrated his engagement to his girlfriend by scoring his 398th and 399th goals in senior football. The double strike - and singles by James Tapp and Rob Scott - sealed a 4-0 Torridge Cup win against Hatherleigh.Manager David Peters said: "The club would like to congratulate Dean on his engagement although I think he'd of liked to have got his 400th goal for the club to complete the celebrations on Sunday."Rob Holland scored twice for Torridgeside in a 2-2 draw with second-placed Ilfracombe Thirds. Byrone Montague and Callum Norman scored for 'Combe.At Shamwickshire, central defenders Mike Robb and Ben Ford's goals were matched by strikes by Dolton's Danny Stubbings and Billy Tubb in a 2-2 draw.In Intermediate One, Matt Titmus, Kieron Heywood and a debut strike by Lee Kerswell gave leaders Landkey a 3-0 win against Merton.Tom Sanders, Ricky Galbally, Dan Squires and Darren Avery scored High Bickington's goals in a 4-1 away win at Park United. Colin "Chopper" Harris scored the consolation for Park.North Molton Reserves went on a 6-0 rampage against Braunton Thirds with a Dan Chalk hat-trick and goals by Simon Loosemore, Dan Bruce and Ed Jenkins.Sporting Barum were unlucky 3-2 losers against Woolsery. Adam Walters and Garry McFarlane were both on the score sheet for Sporting.And finally, North Molton have been presented with a £50 cheque for their "team of the round" performance in the Torridge Cup. The Stags knocked out holders Boca Seniors 4-3 to go into the quarter-finals where they will play Braunton at home. Other quarter-finals to be played before March 15 are Holsworthy v Torrington; Bradworthy v Chittlehampton/Black Torrington; and Morwenstow/Appledore v Bude.