CHAMPIONS Fremington concluded their Senior Division campaign with a 1-0 win away to Lynton on Sunday.
With both sides missing players, Fremington called manager John Thompson and assistant Gary McFarland on to the bench and had rugby player Jamie Todd up front. But it was stalwart Andy King who made the difference, with the only goal early in the first half.
Runners-up Torrington were 1-0 winners at Woolsery midweek with a goal by George Bartlett.
Third-placed Combe Martin were held to a 3-3 draw by a makeshift Park Utd, who included manager Peter Yarde in his first game for two years and father and son Mark and Sam Newman, aged 46 and 16, in an effective defensive role.
Martin Edwards came on a half-time and scored all the Park goals.
League new boys Ashwater have put their jittery start behind them and seven wins from their last 10 games have seen them climb comfortably away from the danger area.
They followed up a 3-2 win away to Shamwickshire Reserves on Saturday with a 4-2 victory at home to Pilton Academicals next day.
In a game of three penalties Lee Parkhouse struck twice from the spot for Shammy. Goals by Craig Derby and Tony Knight made it all square before a Ben Potter penalty gave Ashwater the points. Next day Billy Hopcroft (2), another Ben Potter penalty and Dom Abbott netted against Pilton.
This continued a remarkable penalty run for Ashwater’s Ben Potter, who records 85 successful spotkicks and not one missed during his seven-plus years in the game.
The first half produced all the goals in Woolsery’s 5-2 win at home to Lynton .
With a strong wind behind them, Woolsery raced 4-0 ahead. Lynton came back to 4-2 before Woolsery applied the coup de gras. Ryan Mudway and Josh Johnston scored two apiece for Woolsery and Jack Smallridge hit the other. Max Smith (pen) and Steve Kingdon scored for Lynton.
This followed a 1-0 midweek reverse at the hands of league runners-up Torrington.
South Molton’s battle to avoid the drop was boosted with a 4-0 midweek win over Park United, stretching their run to four matches without defeat. All their goals also came in the first half, from James Campbell, Josh Hicks, Joe Southcott and Joel Bearman.
A young North Molton Reserves also boosted their hopes of staying up with a 4-1 win away to Bude.
They opened the scoring after five minutes and were 2-0 up soon afterwards. Bude missed a penalty before coming back to 2-1 at the break, but could not hold a good Molton second half display. Keiron Smith, Chris Nicholl, an own goal and Mike Hatcher gave Molton their goals.