This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up
Braunton ensured 2016 ended on a high for them in the North Devon Gazette Football League.
They beat Shamwickshire Rovers 4-2 at Pollyfield on Saturday to keep up their 100 per cent record in the Premier.
Braunton, playing their first league game since October 15, scored through Luke Austen, who scored either side of goals from Ross Jones and a Russell Harrison header to give Rovers their first defeat since August 23.
They closed the gap on leaders Boca Seniors to five points after Boca drew 1-1 with third-place Park United.
Ilfracombe Town rounded off the year with an 8-0 win over Landkey Town.
Will Berry and Simon Townsend did the damage, with Townsend scoring four and Berry a hat-trick. Radley Watkins also netted.
With none of the top four playing in the Senior, Torridgeside Reserves and Merton were able to bridge the gap between fourth and mid-table with wins.
Merton will be fifth going into 2017 after a 5-1 win at Chivenor, while T-Side’s 3-1 win at High Bickington keeps them in sixth.
Northam Lions closed the gap on Pilton Academicals with a 2-1 win. Oli Robinson and Rob Crump scored for Northam.
Braunton Reserves are three points clear at the top of the table going into 2017 after a 9-3 win at Morwenstow Reserves.
Toby Bennett scored four goals in the win.
Haxton Rangers moved up to third with a 5-2 win over Bideford CAFC Reserves.
Richard Tucker came off the bench to score two goals in the win. Scott Bryant, Lewis Budd and Robert Scoines also scored.
Aiden Barnes and Ian Keen netted for Bideford.
Appledore Reserves and Torrington Reserves booked their places in the semi-final of the Arlington Cup.
Appledore won 2-0 against Clovelly, while Torrington put six unanswered goals past Equalizers.
Bridgerule put up a huge win over Putford Reserves, winning 20-0.
They remain second in the league, three points behind Northam Lions Reserves, who beat Hartland Reserves 3-1.
Braunton Fourths moved up to sixth after a 4-2 win over Appledore Lions.
Lions remain in fourth, five points ahead of Shebbear United, who beat Torridgeside Thirds 2-1 on Saturday.