BOTH registering their third successive league wins on Saturday to go second and third in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division table, the season couldn t have started much better for North Devon rivals Ilfracombe and Barnstaple. While Barnstapl

BOTH registering their third successive league wins on Saturday to go second and third in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division table, the season couldn't have started much better for North Devon rivals Ilfracombe and Barnstaple.

While Barnstaple were 1-0 winners away to Wells City, the busy Ilfracombe squad became the first side to score against Bitton in the league this season, winning 2-0.

This put further icing on the cake after winning a tough FA Cup replay away to Falmouth 2-1 last Wednesday night.

Robbie Gough and Shaun Lewis hit the goals against Bitton.

Gough's goal came after only 10 minutes, but though both sides created further chances there was no more scoring until midway through the second half when Ross Middleton put a well-placed pass into the path of Lewis, who fired home through the keeper's legs.

Any hopes Bitton may have had were ended when they were reduced to 10 men for the last 15 minutes when they had a player sent off sent off for a foul on Lee Francis.

Leon Taswell headed the matchwinner for Ilfracombe midweek in their 2-1 cup replay win over Falmouth that sets up an FA Cup preliminary round tie away to Frome Town this Saturday.

They had to come from behind after Falmouth opened the scoring after half-an-hour and changed ends 1-0 ahead.

But Shaun Lewis hit an equaliser early in the second half before Taswell nodded in the winner.

Billy Hopcroft was the Barnstaple hero, netting the only goal of a close encounter with Wells midway through the second half.

He latched on to a well-placed cross from Ross Jones to head home for his third goal of the season.

Some good defending then kept the Somerset side at bay as they went seeking the equaliser.

Having both made early exits from the FA Cup, Barnstaple and Dawlish Town have this Saturday free to play their league match which was originally scheduled for midweek. The game takes place at Mill Road.