Lions held their nerve to win on spot-kicks after a 1-1 draw with Holsworthy Reserves after extra time

Northam Lions Reserves are the first North Devon Gazette Football League team to get their hands on some silverware this season.

Lions were penalty shoot-out winners of the first league cup final of the season, the Bill Smale Cup.

They beat Holsworthy Reserves 4-3 in the shoot-out after the scores remained 1-1 after extra time.

Lee Rogers broke the deadlock for Northam just before half-time, when he latched onto a through-ball and finished a one-on-one..

Holsworthy heaped on the pressure in the second half, and were rewarded with six minutes of the 90 left when Ace Jacob scored.

Lions' manager Roger Maher hailed his side's character against a young and talented Holsworthy side.

"It was a tough game," he said.

"We've played them three times this season, and we've won two and drawn one.

"Tactically, they just couldn't beat us; we've shown a great team spirit and a will to win.

"It was a good battle. They are a good team and if they can all stay together, in a few years' time they will be a very, very decent outfit."

Lions will now look to complete a treble, which includes the Hutchings Cup and Intermediate Two.

"We want to win on all fronts so we will do what we can," Maher said.

"It was always our intention to push on for promotion this season, and I know the lads have got it in them."