League leaders North Molton finish off Bradworthy with a flourish

ON-form striker Colin Welch helped North Molton extend their lead at the top of the North Devon Gazette Premier Division on Saturday

The former Bratton Fleming player struck twice in a second-half goal blitz as the Stags saw off a dogged Bradworthy side with a 5-2 win at Rocksfield.

Welch added to his impressive tally of four goals the week before, with efforts in either half, his second, a superb curling shot that beat the keeper from the edge of the penalty box.

Captain Jon Lloyd scored from the penalty spot and Matt Coombes scored a bullet header from a corner.

Substitute Kemal Taz had two efforts cleared off the line but rounded off the scoring with his side’s fifth

Carlo Chandler and Gary Walter were both on target for Bradworthy.

North Molton have played three more games than second-placed Boca Seniors; but they’ll be hoping to pull seven points clear of Boca when the two sides meet at the Tarka Tennis Centre on Saturday.

Shamwickshire Rovers made two signings before Saturday’s match at home to Combe Martin. Manager Gary Ford’s son Ben and Tommy Hayne both signed from rivals Torrington and made an immediate impact as Shammy smashed a weakened Combe Martin side for six.

Ford junior scrambled home the first goal on 12 minutes after Ben Evans-Loude’s Rory Delap-style long throw-in caused confusion in the Combe defence.

The hosts had several chances to extend the lead but didn’t do so until James Bateman thundered in a 20-yard top corner effort on the half-hour mark.

Bateman made it 3-0 before the break and Ford bagged his second and Shammy’s fourth straight after the re-start. Ford converted former Torrie team mate Hayne’s cross from the right and Bateman grabbed his hat-trick with a near post header on 55 minutes.

The scores stayed that way until two minutes from time, when Andy Allen got in on the heading action to wrap up a 6-0 win.

Torrington beat Barnstaple AAC 5-1 and Dolton continued their good run of form with a 4-1 win at home to Bideford Reserves.

Sixteen-year-old Charlie Tubb was on fire again with three goals and there was even room for a Josh Hunt “rocket launcher” in what manager Neil Batty called his side’s best performance of the season.

“We’ve hit a purple patch and we’re only a young side but we’re playing some fantastic football,” he said.

“This Saturday we travel to Braunton and that will be a real test for us,” he added.

In other results, Braunton set up a round two Brayford Cup tie away to Appledore Reserves with a 1-0 win at Putford on Saturday.

The game between Boca Seniors and Torridgeside was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.