CUP-chasing Clovelly tamed Northam Lions Reserves in what was a weekend of wild weather conditions for North Devon football. Both teams put on brave faces to turn out for their Combe Martin Cup fixture on Saturday, one of only a handful of games either si
CUP-chasing Clovelly tamed Northam Lions Reserves in what was a weekend of wild weather conditions for North Devon football.Both teams put on brave faces to turn out for their Combe Martin Cup fixture on Saturday, one of only a handful of games either side had featured in during the last seven or eight weeks.The Lions drew first blood through Ross Glover before Matthew Ross equalised for the away side midway through the first half. His side took the lead before half-time thanks to an Alex Farmer 35-yard screamer.Although the lack of footballing action was evident for both teams early on, it was Clovelly that raced out of the blocks in the second half. They went 3-1 up through a rare Ali Bright headed goal against his former club. Jordan Moore made it 4-1 before sub David Brown scored his first for the club, a free-kick into the bottom corner.The Lions hit back with late strikes by Nathan Bates and John Macey.In the weekend's only other fixture, Premier league newcomers North Molton took a famous scalp in their league tie at Braunton.The Stags stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead, the first goal a scrambled Tom Marsh effort.The second was a lot more cultured - Rob Scott picking the ball up of the edge of the box to waltz his way through the defence and coolly flick the ball over Danny George with the outside of his boot.The third was a long-range free kick by Scott Bryant.Although Molton manager David Peters bolstered things at the back by switching from a 3-5-2 to 4-4-2, they couldn't stop Braunton scoring one back with half-an-hour to go. But the mounting pressure they had feared refused to materialise and Rob Scott added a fourth for the visitors with another free-kick."We were tremendous all over the field," said manager, Peters."Hard work wins the game and once we lost the ball, we went hunting for it straight away. Braunton were given no time on the ball and couldn't get into their passing game."Our two forwards, Dean Plummer and Tom Marsh held the ball up well and took the pressure off our defence."Or goalkeeper Gary Kingdom was sensational and was really the difference between the two sides."Meanwhile, premier league title contenders Shamwickshire Rovers have improved their chances of silverware this season by adding a trio of new signings to their squad.Ex-Bideford utility player Simon Langmead has joined the ranks at Pollyfield, while current Robins defender Matt Hare has agreed to sign as cover when Bideford aren't playing. Also on board to help with the title push is versatile ex-Hartland player-manager Stuart Bailey."These are three great signings for the Shammy," said club spokesperson Nick Braunton."All three will bring something new to the club and are a welcomed addition for the push to the end of season.