NEWLY promoted Barnstaple FC and Torridgeside Reserves both started their new campaigns in style.
Unbeaten last season, Barnstaple continued in the same vein with a 4-2 win away to Braunton 3rds. But it was not without a struggle as 1-0 up became 2-1 down before they pulled ahead. Sam Phillips, Maurice Charley, Connor Nash and Tom Nash netted the Barnstaple goals, with Ben Whitecross and Lewis Murrell on target for Braunton.
Torridgeside had a more comfortable time, winning 6-0 at home to Barnstaple AAC Reserves with goals by Rory Payne (3), Jethro Kimber, Jules Dymond and Marc Bettis.
Clovelly and Hartland opened with a cracking nine-goal local derby. Hartland struck first, only for Clovelly to go 3-1 up at the break and 4-1 ahead shortly afterwards. Then back came Hartland to 4-3 and fortunes swayed before a final 5-4 scoreline to Clovelly. Simon Beeby, Ian Chan (2), Matt Naylor and Kevin Vanstone scored for Clovelly, with Steven Heard, Christian George (2) and Jack Coleman replying for Hartland.
Landkey were shocked into action when a long through ball gave Sporting Barum an early lead.
But they then took control and pushed steadily ahead to win 8-2 with four goals by Andrew Parkhouse, two from Lee Kerswell and one each from James Jackson and Daniel Dayman.
It all seems to have come together for Anchor Chiefs after their merger with AFC Anchor, with first match wins for both their teams.
The first team opened with a 6-2 result away to Northam Lions Reserves, starting with an own goal after just four minutes, followed by others from Jesse Curtis, Darren Reeks (2) and Tom ‘Fridge’ Frost (2). Ashley Short and Callum Bowden replied for the Lions.
Northside Atlantic returned from Woolacombe and Mortehoe with a 4-0 win under their belts, Oli Robinson scoring on his debut, Vinny Bott hitting two and Tom Gleeson one on his debut for the club and in men’s football
Torrington Reserves came from 2-0 down to beat Equalizers 5-3, with goals by Shane Hookway (3), George Bartlett and Dean Andrews.