BARNSTAPLE AAC have gone to the top of the North Devon Gazette League Premier Division after a 2-1 win at home to champions Shamwickshire Rovers. Jordan Charran opened the scoring for the Ammies before Andy Allen pulled one back before the break. Ed Yeo s
BARNSTAPLE AAC have gone to the top of the North Devon Gazette League Premier Division after a 2-1 win at home to champions Shamwickshire Rovers.
Jordan Charran opened the scoring for the Ammies before Andy Allen pulled one back before the break.
Ed Yeo scored a dramatic winner five minutes from time to give the hosts their fourth win from seven in a season that has already thrown up its fair share of challenges.
When the fixture list rolled off the printer in the summer, manager Royston Shaddick knew his side would have to knuckle down early on. The Ammies have already faced Boca Seniors and North Molton twice and will get the chance to do the double over Shammy in this Saturday's match at the Pollyfield.
"We've played a couple more games than those around us but with the teams we have already played, we're in a good position," said Shaddick.
"We've lost a lot of players but have been able to draw on a few lads from Witheridge and the reserves so we've been fortunate in that respect.
"I won't have those players available to me on Saturday and the reserves have a game also so the squad will be stretched when we go to Shammy."
Hot on their heels are Boca Seniors, who made it four wins from five with a 6-4 win at Braunton.
James Galliford, Jake Barwick, Graham Green and Callum Norman were the scorers for the hosts.
"They had seven shots and scored six and we had eight shots and scored four but it was silly mistakes at important times that cost us the game," said Braunton boss Mark Harris.
"They deserved to win; they've got the best group of players in this area and might possibly have the best group of players in our level of leagues around the whole county.
"We've had a difficult start to the season and have lost six lads from last year's side. But the youngsters who have come in have done very well and I think it's now just a case of getting used to the new set-up, adapting and strengthening as a team."
An injury-hit Bideford Reserves were beaten 4-2 at North Molton.
Greg Holland ran clear to beat keeper Ali Bright to open the scores for the Stags early on in the match.
Alex Farmer found Ian Keen, who turned his marker to equalise for the Robins on 20 minutes but Colin Welch restored the lead for the hosts before the break.
Holland added a second on the hour mark with a run from inside his own half but Farmer gave Bideford a lifeline goal with 20 minutes to play. Keen was unfortunate to have what would have been the equaliser chalked off after the linesman spotted a handball and with the players still reeling from the decision, Dan Chalke fired a fourth for the hosts.
Georgeham & Croyde went 4-0 up in their game against Torridgeside. Gary Wood, Andy Bwye and James Rimmer scored the goals to set up a 3-0 lead at the break and Wood added a second as the Hammers appeared to be cruising to victory.
Despite also conceding a fifth through Connor Stapley, a young Torridgeside team didn't give up the fight and they pulled back four goals in a spirited fightback.
In other results, Putford won 3-1 at Bradworthy, Dolton beat Ilfracombe Town Reserves 2-1 and Combe Martin and Torrington played to a 2-2 draw.
Only two games were played in the Senior Division at the weekend. Jamie Cameron scored from the penalty spot for Bratton Fleming in a 3-1 defeat at Woolsery on Saturday, while on Sunday, Chittlehampton and Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves shared the points in a 1-1 draw.