BARNSTAPLE Ammies' Mark Beades scored three times as his side crushed early North Devon Premier Division front-runners Combe Martin at Mill Road on Saturday. The midfielder's second-half 'trick in the 5-0 demolition of the title contenders moved the Ammie
BARNSTAPLE Ammies' Mark Beades scored three times as his side crushed early North Devon Premier Division front-runners Combe Martin at Mill Road on Saturday.The midfielder's second-half 'trick in the 5-0 demolition of the title contenders moved the Ammies up to eighth in the table.Both teams started the game positively, passing the ball well as they sized each other up until Greg Holland's drilled right foot shot broke the deadlock on 20 minutes.Combe Martin - still reeling after suffering their first defeat of the season against Georgeham last week - tried to claw their way back into the match but wasted the chances they had going into the break.The second half was all Ammies and on 55 minutes, Beades latched onto Aaron Yeo's cross to head home his first - and his side's second - from 12 yards. With Barnstaple in the driving seat, Holland took on Combe Martin's defenders to increase the lead to 3-0 with a well-taken goal. The misery continued for the visitors when Scott Sharp broke down the left and crossed the ball to Beades whose volley lobbed the keeper for the fourth. Beades completed his hat-trick after latching onto Holland's set-up to score with a neat one-touch finish into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. Ilfracombe Town Reserves increased their lead at the top of the table to four points with a good 3-2 win at Shamwickshire Rovers. Shammy went ahead after Luke Alcock saw his shot deflect off his head and into his own net but the Bluebird's pulled themselves back level when Mark Gilfillan found the net just before half time. After the restart, Gilfillan added a second to put Ilfracombe ahead and was unlucky not to score a third when his shot cannoned off the crossbar. Alcock made amends for his first half howler with the Bluebird's third before Shammy's Chris Allan made the final score 3-2 with a late penalty. "It was a good result for us, especially with Combe Martin losing again," said Ilfracombe manager Rob Garrett. "We went out there, weren't intimidated and overran them in the second half."After last week's impressive 3-0 win against Combe Martin, Georgeham reverted to losing ways with a 2-1 defeat at Appledore Reserves. Nick Fishwick put the Fishermen ahead in the first half as the home side dominated the opening 45. Georgeham came out looking for a goal after the re-start and were rewarded when Mike Symonds fired home an equaliser. The Hammers' Jack Walker was unlucky to see his shot clatter back off the cross bar, but with just two minutes left on the clock, Fishwick stepped up to clinch the win and all three points for Appledore. Braunton moved up to sixth in the table after a 3-0 win over North Molton, Graham Green, Russell Harrison and Jake Barwick scoring the goals for Braunton. In the battle of the bottom of the table clubs, Morwenstow emerged narrow 6-5 winners over struggling Dolton to move up to 14th. Putford clinched a 1-0 win over Bradworthy to move up to 11th, while in the Senior Division, it's 10 wins in a row for leaders Torrington who put six past Barnstaple AAC Reserves on Saturday. The Ammies held on for the first 45 minutes and left the pitch at half-time level at 1-1, Torrie's Danny Jenkins cancelling out an Andy King strike. Torrington pushed Barnstaple to the limits in the second half, Jenkins completing his hat-trick with further goals by Jamie Summers, Alex Shepard and Tom Hayne. Steve Isaac scored the Ammies' second. A 5-0 win over Combe Martin Reserves left Braunton Reserves' unbeaten record intact. Louis Murrell was the hero for Braunton, firing home four of his team's goals. Curtis Netherway scored the other in a win that leaves the Seasiders trailing division leaders Torrington by 14 points but with five games in hand. Northam Lions secured their second victory of the season with a 3-0 win over Kilkhampton. The Lion's scorers were Rob Crump, Gavin Souch and Cosmo Ayres. Shamwickshire Reserves and Shebbear United played out a 2-2 draw to share the points at the Football Field. Shammy's Carl Roberts returned from injury to set up both goals for Ben Evans. Matthew Facey, while Dan Andrews scored for Shebbear to clinch the draw. Martin Macdonald was the hero for Braunton Thirds, firing home all four goals in his team's 4-3 win over Park United in Intermediate One. Mark Pooley and Mark Lee added to an own goal to keep Park in the match but the team ran out of time to grab a fourth.The last remaining 100 per cent record in the league disappeared at High Bickington as Landkey lost their first match of the season 2-1. Landkey failed to capitalise on their chances, Kieron Heywood's goal being disallowed for off-side. Jon Madge managed to score a late consolation goal for Landkey in the last quarter. The defeat leaves Landkey trailing Intermediate One leaders Torrington Reserves by three points but with three games in hand over their rivals. Merton won their second consecutive match, beating Anchor 3-1 at the Playing Field with goals by Nathan Delaune, Paul Sullivan and Paul Boundy. Darren Smith scored a consolation goal for Anchor to prevent the whitewash. Woolsery climbed up to fourth in the table after a 7-0 win against Sporting Barum. The match between Northam Lions Reserves and Bude Town at Broad Close Hill, Cornwall, was abandoned on 74 minutes after a Bude player was injured. Before the game was cancelled four people - three for Bude and one for Northam - had seen a red card. With 10 men versus eight, Northam had fought back from 3-1 down and were winning 4-3. With most of the games in Intermediate Two called off due to the weather, Ilfracombe Town Thirds took advantage, winning their match against North Molton Thirds 7-0 to move a point clear of Lynton. Byrone Montague (3), Tristan Leech (2), George Stodola and Daniel Bushell scored the goals for 'Combe. Buckland Brewer's unbeaten run continued with a 2-1 win over Torridgeside Reserves. Simon Adams opened the scoring for Buckland on 20 minutes, a curled shot from 15 yards out sailing into the net. The second half saw Buckland double their lead, Adams breaking free and slotting home his second. Lee Huxtable scored a consolation goal for Torridgeside with four minutes of the match remaining. Mortehoe's Bailey's Intermediate County Cup match against Torrington Reserves was abandoned at half-time with the scores level on 4-4. The Devon FA is investigating the match after an allegation was made that Torrington had fielded an ineligible player. Due to a waterlogged pitch, Boca Seniors' game against Kingskerswell has been postponed until this Saturday.