Shammy through to round two after late goal is ruled out at the Pollyfield
SHAMWICKSHIRE Rovers had a linesman’s flag to thank as they beat rivals Torrington 3-2 in the first round of the Brayford Cup on Saturday.
The Super Greens thought they’d levelled the scores at 3-3 with the last kick of the match but the dramatic stoppage time goal was ruled out for an offside. Shammy’s Carl Armstrong had opened the scoring at the Pollyfield with a delicious lob over the keeper on 20 minutes.
Danny Jenkins pulled one back for Torrie 10 minutes before the break and Ben Evans-Loude restored the advantage for the hosts after the re-start. Spencer Dennis made it 3-1 before Jenkins added his second to set up a dramatic finish with three minutes to go.
Shammy’s win sets up a mouth-watering second round away tie against Boca Seniors on February 12.
Boca cruised into round two with a 9-1 demolition of Georgeham & Croyde at the Tarka Tennis Centre – despite having to field stand-in goalkeeper Richie Joslin at the eleventh hour. New signing, former Barnstaple Town keeper Jamie Pow, only found out he had not signed in time to play in the match minutes before kick-off. With regular keeper Darren Babb unavailable, Joslin grabbed the number one shirt to play in the only position he had never played in for the club.
Scott Sharp started the scoring for Boca and Sam Stephens added a second soon after. Matt Deakin made it three and Tom Marsh added a fourth with a glancing header minutes before the break Deakin beat three defenders and fired a curling top corner effort for his second goal before Jack Jenkins unleashed his own goal of the season contender when he superbly hammered the ball into the top corner from 30-yards.
Georgeham made it 6-1 with a deflected free-kick but Marsh, Ross Maynard and Stephens added three more to complete the rout.
Phil Kelly scored an extra-time winner as Appledore Reserves beat Torridgeside 1-0 in a game played at Donnacroft. Dolton smashed Barnstaple AAC for the second time in two weeks. The Rangers followed up last week’s 6-0 league win with a 5-2 league cup victory on Saturday.
Sixteen-year-old Charlie Tubb scored four goals and there was an own-goal too in a win that sets up an encounter with North Molton in the New Year. The Stags were 6-0 winners at Ilfracombe Town Reserves.
Combe Martin had an extra-time Pete Varley goal to thank for a 4-3 win against Bideford Reserves at Hollands Park. Varley clinched his hat-trick with a decisive strike in the fourth minute of the first extra period. Andros Stavrinou was also on target for Combe Martin, whose reward is a round two trip to Bradworthy in the New Year.