Torridgeside beat the South West Peninsula League East Division’s reigning champions on Saturday to stay fourth in the league.

Appledore v Crediton in the South West Peninsula League East Division. Picture: Matt SmartAppledore v Crediton in the South West Peninsula League East Division. Picture: Matt Smart

T-Side made it five wins in a row with a 4-0 victory over St Martins at Minster Park.

Brian Levien opened the scoring inside 15 minutes to take the visitors into the break with the lead.

Sam Fishwick added the second midway through the second half before goals from Marc Bettiss and Kyle Paine wrapped up the win.

Against a St Martins squad that features ex-Bideford players including Chris McPhee, Ben Watson and Dan Western, Torridgeside manager Barry Paine was full of praise for his players.

Appledore v Crediton in the South West Peninsula League East Division. Picture: Matt SmartAppledore v Crediton in the South West Peninsula League East Division. Picture: Matt Smart

“It was a great team performance all round – we’re just playing really well at the moment,” said Paine.

“It was comfortable in the end. We are using the squad to its maximum at the moment, we have got the squad in a position where we can rotate and keep players fresh, and the good thing is we’ve got more players coming back.

“It’s pleasing that players are able to come in and do the same job and do what’s required, it keeps everyone fresh everybody happy.

“The lads are working their socks off at the moment, and as a team they’re probably the hardest working team I’ve had. They’re fighting for everything at the moment.

Appledore v Crediton in the South West Peninsula League East Division. Picture: Matt SmartAppledore v Crediton in the South West Peninsula League East Division. Picture: Matt Smart

“We’ve got tough matches coming up, with teams in there which pay good money while we are still doing it for love.

“There’s a long way to go, but we want to finish better than last season and take every game as it comes and we’ll see where we end up after Christmas.”

Torridgeside are in action in the second round of the Devon Premier Cup this weekend with a home game against Witheridge.

Appledore, who were knocked out of the cup by Witheridge, are five games without a win in the East Division after being on the wrong end of an 8-1 thrashing by Crediton United on Saturday.

Crediton went out to a 3-0 lead in the first half at Marshford, and took advantage of a collapse from the Fishermen after the break.

Kenny Ord finished the game with a hat-trick, there were two each for Marc Heritage and Steve Goss, and Mike White also scored.

Nick Glover, turned in a corner at the back post to score a consolation for Appledore midway through the second half.

“It was just a complete horror show,” said manager Keith Shapland.

“I would expect better from players who have played a lot of football, because they’re not novices.

“We’ve just go to buck our ideas up. We’re up against it numbers wise – we’ve got such a small squad.

“But we can still deal with things better than we did on Saturday. We’ve got to pull together and try and get through this tough period.

“Overall the picture of where we are now is a million miles away from two or three years ago, and it’s disappointing for everybody – the players, myself, the supporters and the people behind the scenes.

“A lot of clubs have been through it. We’re in a bit of a tough period but hopefully we’ll come out stronger and learn from it.”

Appledore are without a game this weekend.

Ilfracombe Town, who didn’t play this weekend, take on Axminster Town in the East Division on Saturday.

In the West Division, Holsworthy were beaten by Wadebridge Town, losing 3-1. Lee Gardiner scored the goal for the Magpies.