Crediton Utd 0 – 7 Ilfracombe Town

Ilfracombe town were in seventh heaven last night as they ran out comfortable winners at Crediton United.

Combe played an attacking line up with Chris Webber joining Stan Paxton up front and Frank Paxton playing just in behind them. But it was defender Skinner who started off the scoring, he raced forward down the left and floated in a cross to the far stick that eluded everyone and found the back of the net. It didn't take long for S. Paxton to join him on the score sheet. Skinner again involved crossing perfectly for Paxton to smash home.

With 10 minutes left of the half Paxton broke free once again and smashed a left footed strike against the bar, Chris Webber was quickest to react and composed himself well to volley the rebound in and get his first goal back at the club.

The teams went in 3-0 at half time and although Steve Oliver hadn't had a lot to do in the visiting goal Crediton still looked to pose a danger.

Josh Heafield swung in corner which was saved and cleared off the line before it fell to Skinner who smashed home his second of the game.

Luke Evans made an early impression going on up front after playing as a centre half on Saturday. He was able to turn and find the back of the net with a left footed strike just inside the box to register his first goal for the club.

Steve Holland then showed what he can do on the wing. He was brought down in the box, leaving the ref with no option but to point to the spot. Heafield stepped up and slotted home.

There was still time for one more goal, Evans crossed for Rob Holland whose miss-kick set up his brother Steve for a simple tap in at the far post.

Manager Ross Middleton said 'It was a very accomplished performance and of course a confidence boost for the lads, especially for the ones getting their first goals for the club, but we won't be getting carried away, it certainly wasn't perfect.

"The most pleasing aspect for me was not taking our foot off the gas, we were guilty of giving away leads last season. We have to be ruthless at both ends and we certainly were tonight.'

That concern may have been raised again for Middleton after their first pre-season game against Bovey Tracey on Saturday.

The Bluebirds got off to a positive start with a 2-2 draw at home to the young and energetic South West Peninsula premier league side, but had led 2-0 after a stunning debut stike from Jamie Bright.

Combe travel to Elmore tonight (Wednesday) for their third game of the week.