This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up


Torridgeside are top of the tree in the Premier Division following a third-straight win on Saturday.

They were comfortable 3-0 victors away to Ilfracombe Town, who are still yet to pick up their first points of the new campaign.

Marc Bettiss found the net twice, and Tyler Evans-Loude was also on target.

It’s been a perfect start for 2012-13 champions Torridgeside, who are looking to build on last season’s Brayford Cup triumph.

They have scored 24 goals in their first three games - including 12 at Fremington and nine against Appledore Reserves last week.

Bettiss scored a hat-trick last week, and Martin Boundy and Nathan Walter also achieved the feat.

It’s been a perfect start for Boca Seniors, too, who have also notched three wins from three.

Their latest success came at Shamwickshire Rovers on Saturday.

Phillip Kelly, Simon Ovey and Craig Sandle got the goals for the 2013/14 champions.

Kelly has had a good week in front of goal - he also netted twice in the midweek 6-0 win over Landkey Town.

Scott Sharp hit a brace, too, and there were singles form Ciaron Lishman and Elliot Whitecross.

Last year’s winners Braunton got off the mark in convincing fashion last Tuesday.

Sam Box smashed in a hat-trick as they beat Ilfracombe Town 5-1 at Lobb Field.

Danny Ball and Simon Townsend netted for Braunton, and Cassian Blackmore scored for Ilfracombe.

Braunton did not play at the weekend, but go to Landkey Town tonight (Weds).

Bradworthy are unbeaten after three matches, with two wins and a draw.

Their second win came against Landkey on Saturday, when they won 4-0.

Also unbeaten are Park United, who followed an opening day draw with a 4-0 victory at Barnstaple FC on Saturday.

Shebbear United and Appledore both got off the mark and picked up their first point of the season after drawing 2-2.


Braunton Reserves are scoring for fun as they set the pace in the Senior Division.

They raced to a 10-0 win over North Molton Sports Club Reserves on Saturday, following an 8-4 victory at Woolacombe and Mortehoe on Tuesday.

The goals have been shared around for Braunton, with Luke Austen, Dave Mason, Jonathon Shury and Oliver Stevens all scoring doubles in that win.

Hartland are the only other side in the division to keep their 100 per cent record intact.

They were 5-2 winners against Chittlehampton on Saturday, making it three wins from three.

Hartland haven’t struggled for goals - they’ve netted 16 in three games - but are still five goals behind Braunton.

Elsewhere, Lynton and Lynmouth hit five to see off a dogged Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves, and Georgeham and Croyde notched a second win of the season by beating Putford 3-0.

Combe Martin won 3-1 at Merton, while there were draws between Barnstaple AAC and Torridgeside Reserves and Northam Lions and Chivenor.


Sporting Barum are the early pace-setters in Intermediate One following a second consecutive win on Saturday.

Sporting haven’t been wanting for goals either - Saturday’s 6-2 success at Braunton Thirds comes hot on the heels of a 9-1 victory at Appledore Thirds earlier in the week.

Matt Deakin scored four during Wednesday’s win, with Richard Shannon (2), Lee Eate and Kyle Spear also on the score sheet.

Saturday’s defeat was the first of the season for Braunton Thirds, who had won each of their first two league fixtures.

They put themselves in the higher reaches of the table with a 3-0 victory at Ilfracombe Town Reserves last week.

Clovelly are also two from two following an encouraging beginning to the new campaign.

They beat Landkey Town Reserves by two goals to one on Saturday, following an opening day 5-1 win at Torrington Reserves - where both teams finished with 10 men.

Clovelly’s next test comes in the form of Anchor Chiefs at the Clovelly playing field tonight (Weds).

Morwenstow Reserves showed signs that they have improved considerably since last season, when they won 25 points all season.

That followed relegation from the senior division after going all season in 2013/14 without winning a single point.

But they got off to the perfect start on Saturday, winning 5-2 at Haxton Rangers.

They will next face South Molton on Saturday, who lost 3-1 at home to Equalizers last time out.

It was the first win of the season for Equalizers, who had lost their first two games of the season.


Only two games were completed in Intermediate Two at the weekend.

Combe Martin Reserves beat Merton Reserves 4-1 - their second win in their first two games - and Hartland Reserves got their campaign off to a winning start at Braunton Fourths.

It’s Bideford Community AFC Reserves who lead the way, having pounded in 23 goals in their first two matches.

They played Appledore Lions last night (Tues).

The game between Putford Reserves and Ilfracombe Town Thirds was cut short when a player was injured after half an hour. The match was abandoned.

At least one 100 per cent record was certain to go last night, when Woolsery Reserves (two from two) hosted Hartland Reserves (one from one), after the Gazette went to print.