ILFRACOMBE Town Reserves are celebrating a triumphant return to the North Devon Football League Premier Division after clinching the Senior title with a 4-1 win at Clovelly on Saturday. The Bluebirds, relegated from the top flight in 2006, have strengthen

ILFRACOMBE Town Reserves are celebrating a triumphant return to the North Devon Football League Premier Division after clinching the Senior title with a 4-1 win at Clovelly on Saturday.The Bluebirds, relegated from the top flight in 2006, have strengthened a young side with a handful of former Woolacombe players and have lost only three games this season in a storming return to form.After a shocking first half which manager Rob Garrett described as the worst his side had played all season, Sam Gater and Reid Ecclestone fired two in two minutes after the re-start and galvanised the title charge. An own goal and a strike by Karl Allsop finished the job."We've now won seven games on the bounce and the team spirit is good," said manager Rob."Next season will present new challenges but we're looking forward to it," he added.Also in the Senior Division, two goals in the first five minutes opened up a good game between South Molton and High Bickington. Molton's Mark Searle scored the first, only to see it cancelled out by Chris Hutchings' strike in the fifth minute.Lance Kingdom put the Images back in front just before half-time and a Tony Wilson strike early in the second half put the away side further ahead. Again, Bickington hit back with two goals from Jonathan Baines, levelling the score with ten minutes left to play.In a game that could have gone either way, the ball fell to Darren Kingdom who slotted home the winning goal to give Molton the 4-3 win. In the first of two weekend matches, Torridgeside cruised to a 3-1 home victory against Northam Lions Reserves.As well as a Northam own goal, Andy Stevens and Jamie Bright scored to secure the three points for the home side.Torridgeside then travelled to Chittlehampton knowing who ever won the tie would secure promotion to the Premier Division. In a surprising result, Torridgeside strolled to an easy 4-0 win against their rivals to claim the promotion spot. Abel Budd, Jamie Bright, Sean Kenneally and Craig Scott scored the vital goals.Manager Nigel Cockwill said: "Our goal for this season was to get promoted and that is what we have done."In the final of the Combe Martin Cup, Torrington emerged victorious beating Braunton Reserves 2-0. Torrington scored just three minutes into the game, Sam Stephens delivering a beautiful cross from the left, which was headed into the back of the net by one of Braunton's own defenders.Torrington continued to press, creating chance after chance and three minutes later a free-kick from Tom Hayne was headed in by Jamie Summers.Torrie defended well with Dean Johns, Will Frost, Malcolm Stewart and Ben Ford all putting in strong performances, but the tireless Jamie Stewart was the man-of-the-match. Torrington manager Peter Ellis said: "Everybody worked their socks off for the club and each other. The success we have enjoyed in the cups this season is all down to the hard work and commitment of the players, which are the best bunch of lads I have worked with."In the Premier Division, Darren Wood scored for the first time in four years against his old club Grosvenor/Lovacott as Georgeham won 4-0 away from home.Despite fielding only 10 men Grosvenor battled hard, but the hard work soon took its tool and Tommy Herd (2), Sam Dodge and Wood all scoring to ensure the points for Georgeham.In the Hammer's second weekend game, they slipped to a disappointing 4-0 defeat away from home against Appledore Reserves.Northam Lions have struggled to keep up with the other teams in the Premier Division and a 2-5 defeat at home against Bradworthy resulted in their 22nd defeat of the season. North Molton wrapped up a good return to the top flight with a comfortable 4-2 win away from home against Morwenstow. Putford moved up to sixth in the table after a 4-0 win at home against Kilkhampton. In Intermediate One, Combe Martin Reserves and Shebbear United have secured promotion to the Senior Division after winning their weekend games, but the fight for the championship title appears to be going down to the wire. After their disappointment in the Arlington Cup final last week, Combe Martin were out for revenge as they faced Equalizers at Hollands Park. The home side always looked in control with Adrian Rice, Richard Watkins, Graham Coomber and Simon Townsend all getting on the score board.Equalizers looked a different side to the one that played in the cup final and turned up with just 11 players, a disadvantage they paid for when their goal keeper went off injured at half-time leaving them with only ten players on the pitch. In Combe Martin's second home game, the team strolled to a 7-0 victory against Torrington Admirals. In a fairly routine fixture, Simon Townsend stood out scoring a hatrick. Other goals came from Ian Gaddes (2), Lewis Constable and Graham Coomber. Combe Martin are now two points behind Shebbear with a game in hand. In Torrington Admirals' other weekend fixture they beat North Molton Reserves 5-0 away from home. Marc Bettiss was the man of the match with four goals to his name. Alex Charlton was the other goal scorer for the away side. Meanwhile Shebbear United cruised to an 11-0 home victory against struggling bottom-of-the-table side Lynton. Sporting Barum's winning streak came to a dramatic end after they lost 2-0 away from home against Bude Town.Sporting dominated the first half with Chris Earlam and Dan Ferne coming close to putting the away side ahead, but the second half saw Bude fight back and score the opening goal. And while Sporting pushed forward looking for the equaliser, Bude punished their defence and slotted home their second to seal the win. Hartland Reserves lost their eighteenth game of the season against Woolsery. In a closely fought game Woolsery edged out their opposition 4-2. Two penalties from Joe Cann and goals from Jamie Robertson and Nick Glover sealed the win for the home side. David Keene and Jack Langford scored the goals for Hartland Reserves. In the battle of the bottom clubs, Braunton Thirds emerged victorious beating rivals Grosvenor/Lovacott Reserves 5-2 at home. Grosvenor travelled to Lobb Field with just 11 men and had to call on manger Andy Hobbs, who pulled on his boots to put in a fantastic performance as a holding mid-fielder. Braunton took a 3-1 half-time lead, the goals coming from Adam Pugsley (2) and Darren Roach. Steve Finlay scored Grosvenor's first half goal.The second half saw Grosvenor reduced to 10 men after their captain James Harold was injured. Braunton took advantage and Pugsley slotted home his third of the match. Lee Goodman added the fifth. Andy Keeble scored a consolation goal from Andrew "Badger" James' excellent in-swinging free-kick with 20 minutes left to play.In Intermediate Two, Anchor need one more point to make sure they are the title winners after Torrington Reserves failed to take away a point from their game against Bratton Fleming Reserves losing 4-3.Torrington travelled to Bratton Fleming knowing they needed a good result to keep up the title fight with Anchor, but goals from Sean Childs, Martin Southcott, Andrew Kellaway and Dave Gosling put a huge dent in Torrington's title hopes. Anchor meanwhile coasted to a comfortable 5-0 win against Putford Reserves.The home side never looked in trouble and goals from Darren Reeks, Matthew Gordon (2), Alex Morgan and Damian Shaddick gave Anchor their twentieth win of the season.In the second of Anchor's weekend games they were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom of the table club Pilton Academicals Reserves. Anchor are now six points clear at the top of the table with one games in hand. Buckland Brewer are closing the gap on third placed Park United after a narrow 5-4 win against South Molton Reserves. Brewer left the pitch at half-time 4-1 ahead after goals from Simon Adams (2) and Vincent Bott (2) had stunned the Images. Matt Kingdom was South Molton's only scorer in the first half, but they fought back to level the score with ten minutes left on the clock, the goals coming from Dave Isaac, Simon Collins and Paul Jones. A late goal from Vincent Bott gave Buckland Brewer the points.Mortehoe are up to seventh and closing in on sixth after two impressive wins. In the first of their weekend fixtures, they beat Chittlehampton Reserves 6-2 away from home, Andrew Woodman (3), Andrew Lay, Jamie Duffield and Alex Boyd all getting on the score board. In their second match, Mortehoe scrapped a narrow 3-2 victory against Northam Lions Thirds, Alex Boyd and Ben Spears (2) netting the goals. Mark Hallett and Lee Barker were Northam's goal scorers. Despite the defeat Northam Lions Thirds are closing in on fifth-placed Ilfracombe Town Thirds after a 2-1 victory over their rivals. John Wright and Karl Jenkins scored the goals for Northam, while Mark Hunt was on target for Ilfracombe.