JACK Langford scored an extra-time winner as Bideford Reserves overcame Barnstaple AAC 3-2 in the first round of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup on Saturday. Langford, playing in his last game for the Robins before he heads off to university, pounc
JACK Langford scored an extra-time winner as Bideford Reserves overcame Barnstaple AAC 3-2 in the first round of the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup on Saturday.
Langford, playing in his last game for the Robins before he heads off to university, pounced on a goalmouth scramble to grab the winner five minutes from time.
Both teams had fought an evenly contested Mill Road match that looked to be drawing towards a spot-kick decider.
Luke Rigler opened the scoring for the hosts in the second half before substitute Ian Keen came off the bench to fire an equaliser for Bideford.
Kyson Chugg restored the lead for the Ammies but left wing-back Danny Slee replied for the visitors.
"It was not the prettiest game to watch but quite exciting," said Bideford boss Neil Hole.
"I think a draw would have been a fair result as both teams were carrying a lot of injuries and the game was being played at almost a walking pace towards the end."
Ammies manager Royston Shaddick said he had to bring himself off the bench as his depleted side struggled with injuries.
"I've lost four players to Boca and two to Barnstaple Town Reserves," said Shaddick.
"I've lost about eight from last season's starting 11, just when things were starting to look rosy but we're making a go of it."
Braunton went through to the next round on penalties after drawing 1 -1 at home to Western Mortgage Services.
It was not a good day for the remaining North Devon Gazette League premier sides as Torrington, Bradworthy and Georgeham and Croyde all bowed out at the first hurdle.
In the Firewatch Senior Cup, Bratton Fleming waited until extra time to come to life in their match against Cullompton.
Joe Toop opened the scoring for Bratton before the visitors pulled one back before the break. Things stayed that way until the extra period when Liam Hawkins, Stuart Cameron, Martin Edwards and a Maurice Charley penalty put the game well beyond Cullompton's reach.
Northam Lions crashed out in extra time after taking Newton United to a 3-3 draw in 90 minutes. Paul Gumbley and Ryan West scored for the Lions.
Park United, South Molton, Chittlehampton, Barnstaple AAC Reserves and Combe Martin Reserves were all early casualties in this season's competition.
In the Intermediate Cup, Anchor Chiefs' Trevor May scored an early goal of the season contender in the game against Pilton Academicals Reserves.
With the Bideford side already cruising at 1-0 thanks to Shayne Voisey's opener, May unleashed a bullet from just inside his own half that flew into the top corner, giving the Accie's Dave Holton no chance.
The strike was the talk of Rock Park and certainly made up for an uneventful second half that saw the visitors go through courtesy of their 2-0 lead.
Manager Mick Tattersall said of May's goal: "The posts could have been another 20 yards back and it would have still gone in the top corner."
In other results, Darren Floyde, Adam Sobey and Nico Pfeiffer scored in Equlaizers' 3-2 win against Lynton & Lynmouth and Wrey Arms went through to the second round after a penalty shoot out against Sporting Barum. The match finished 4-4 at the end of extra-time, Sam Tabberner, Daniel Dayman, Craig Smith and Marc Churchill scoring for the Wrey. Lee Cole was the hero in the shoot out.
Matt Ferne scored the only gaol for Fremington as they were thoroughly beaten 7-1 at home to Chulmleigh.