Double strike helps give visitors the edge at Rocksfield
DARRYLL Reed scored twice for Braunton in a rocket-fuelled 7-0 win at North Molton Reserves on Saturday.
Dave Mason and Matt Hunnibell were also on target as Ashley Lowe’s side went in 4-0 up at half-time.
Braunton were on the end of a 3-2 home defeat against the Stags in October. But there was to be no way back into the match for Molton as Hunnibell, Andy Mason and Mark Sprenger increased the winning margin in the second half.
Braunton capped an excellent weekend with a 3-0 win against Park United in the Holman Cup on Sunday.
Louis Murrell, Andy Mason and Dan Roberts scored the second-half goals to set up a round two tie against Landkey Town.
Northam Lions won for the first time in six games as they turned the tables on South Molton on Saturday.
The Images won September’s encounter 3-1 but were beaten 5-2 by the Lions despite taking the lead through player-manager Rob Reed’s first half free-kick.
Nick Keen made it 1-1 at the break and Ian Keen gave Northam the lead after the restart.
Mark Power levelled for South Molton but Ian Keen bagged his second and there were two for Alex Charlton as the hosts turned the screw.
Chittlehampton manager David Peters said his side could have been 4-0 up in the first 15 minutes were it not for Lynton and Lynmouth debutant goalkeeper Paul Hopkins.
Instead, they found themselves 3-0 down after three blunders by unfortunate Chittle’ keeper Ross Rippon.
Martin Phillips scored two for the hosts and the returning Steve Hobbs bagged the third when Rippon fumbled his long-range free-kick from just inside the opponent’s half.
Chittle’ hit back with two Jamie Giffard goals to make it 3-2 at the break but Lynton restored the two-goal cushion soon after when Rippon’s clearance cannoned back off the head of a Lynton striker and into the net.
Giffard made it 4-3 as the visitors piled on the pressure and Matt Ransley levelled the scores with three minutes to go.
Lynton’s disappointing end to the day continued with news that an injury to Hobbs appears to be a reccurrence of a previous cruciate knee injury.
With Bideford Reserves and Park United both without a league game, third-placed Pilton Academicals could have closed the gap with a win against rivals Barnstaple AAC Reserves on Saturday.
Instead the Accies – many of whom were suffering the effects of a trip to Las Vegas that week – dropped points for only the second time this season after failing to break the deadlock in a goalless draw at home to their Barnstaple rivals.
Chris Sanders scored twice for Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves in a 3-2 defeat against Bude Town.