A debut hat-trick from Brian Levien helped get Torridgeside up and running in the South West Peninsula East Division on Saturday.

Torridgeside v University of Exeter. Picture: Matt SmartTorridgeside v University of Exeter. Picture: Matt Smart

Torridgeside were 4-2 winners over University of Exeter on the first day of the new league season.

Levien opened the scoring for the home side 10 minutes before half-time – it was 3-1 to T-Side by the time the break came.

The students levelled the scores with a well-taken strike before Shaun Copp got the hosts in front again.

Levien struck his second just before half-time, and completed his hat-trick five minutes into the second half after latching onto a ball from Copp and converting one-on-one.

Torridgeside v University of Exeter. Picture: Matt SmartTorridgeside v University of Exeter. Picture: Matt Smart

The visitors pulled one back just before the final whistle to reduce the deficit.

Torridgeside manager Barry Paine said: “It’s a brilliant start to the season. They’re a fit team – probably not as strong as they are when the season’s up and running but to get a result like that is brilliant.

“The first half was good, we created a lot of chances and maybe should have killed them off, but you can’t ask for any more.

“It’s good for Brian – three on debut is brilliant and Shaun is looking sharper.

Torridgeside v University of Exeter. Picture: Matt SmartTorridgeside v University of Exeter. Picture: Matt Smart

“Brian wants to play a higher standard and he wants to get back to this. He fits in absolutely perfectly with the lads – it’s all positive for us.”

Torridgeside go to Sidmouth Town on Wednesday night before hosting Axminster Town on Saturday.

Ilfracombe earn a point

A late goal from Sam Box helped Ilfracombe Town to a point in a 1-1 draw against Stoke Gabriel at Marlborough Park.

The visitors – back in the East division after a season in the Premier – opened the scoring when Liam Moseley found the ball in space to fire a low shot into the net.

The Bluebirds threatened the goal more in the second half and eventually got their reward as the match neared its end. Box capitalised at the end of a scramble on the edge of the penalty area, placing a low shot into the corner to equalise.

“It was a good point for us,” said manager Clem Bennellick.

“Both teams perhaps didn’t quite play as well as they could. Once we went 1-0 down we went all out attack and put bodies forward, which worked in the end.

“In the end I think it was a fair result and I’m reasonably happy with it in the end.”

The Bluebirds make the short trip to Appledore on Wednesday for the first North Devon derby of the season.

Appledore thrashed by Bovey

The Fishermen go into the match looking to forget a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Bovey Tracey on Saturday.

Appledore were up against it from the start, with Mark Cann having to go in goal in the absence of a goalkeeper.

“It was a non-starter,” said Appledore manager Keith Shapland.

“We didn’t expect too much from it and we won’t look too hard into it.

“They scored early and once they got it we were up against it. We’ll draw a line under it quickly and move on.”