Late goal gives Accies a 1-0 win against Fremington Reserves
SHANE King scored a stoppage time header to give Pilton Academicals Reserves a 1-0 win against Fremington Reserves at Rock Park on Saturday.
Pilton knocked at the door of their opponents for much of the second half and missed the chance to take the lead when the normally dependable Garry Ellis cracked a penalty kick off the bar midway through the half.
The Accies looked to be heading for a draw until King headed the decider with three minutes of injury time already played.
The win was Pilton’s fourth in a row – and their fourth clean sheet – following a rocky start to the season.
There was no let up from the division’s leading two sides. Torridgeside Reserves beat Chittlehampton Reserves 11-0 and Barnstaple FC put five past Hartland Reserves without reply.
Third-placed Bratton Fleming Reserves extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 5-1 victory against Georgeham & Croyde Reserves.
Bratton had the best of the first 20 minutes and took the lead with an excellent strike by Neil Tweedie.
The veteran striker scored a second on 25 minutes and Bratton made it 3-0 at the break through Steve Kingdom after good work down the right flank by Ryan Dale.
Tweedie had more chances to put the hosts further ahead but was unable to find his third. Instead it was Mark Bithell who added to the hosts’ tally with goals on 75 and 80 minutes. The Hammers scored a consolation goal with 10 minutes to play.
Anchor Chiefs pulled away from Buckland Brewer in the second half of their game at Victoria Park to win the match 7-3.
The sides were all square at the break, Jake Butler and Danny Murch on target for the Chiefs and Marcus Jarvis scoring twice for Brewer.
But the hosts turned the screw with further goals by Ali Davidson, Butler, Shayne Voisey and 17-year-old birthday boy Joe Barker, who marked the occasion in style with a cracking effort.
Jarvis completed a consolation hat-trick for Brewer, but Murch had the final say when he teed the ball up with his left and smashed it into the net with his right to score the seventh and final goal for the Chiefs.
In the day’s other result, Mark Widnell scored twice for Northam Lions Thirds in a 4-2 home defeat against Braunton Fourths.