ONE weekend does not make a season, but Torridgeside made a flying start to the new North Devon Gazette Football League campaign with a dozen goals in two games to become the first leaders of both the Premier and Intermediate Two tables. Their first team
ONE weekend does not make a season, but Torridgeside made a flying start to the new North Devon Gazette Football League campaign with a dozen goals in two games to become the first leaders of both the Premier and Intermediate Two tables.
Their first team were 6-1 winners at home to North Molton. After going a goal down to an early penalty they came storming back with a hat-trick from Robbie Holland and further goals by Nathan Walter, Kyle Payne and Cory Hyde.
Meanwhile, the Reserves also hit North Molton for six, beating North Molton 3rds 6-2. Ian Hodorowski was this time the hat-trick man while Josh White (2) and Zac Saunders added further goals.
Newly promoted Dolton celebrated their rise to the Premier Division with a 3-2 win at home to Bradworthy.
The Dolton youngsters surprised their strong visitors by racing into a 3-0 lead by half-time with goals from Billy Tubbs (2) and Ben Lake. But they learned a good lesson about Premier Division tenacity as Bradworthy came back at them in the second half and they were pushed hard to hold on.
Boca Seniors are already looking ominous once again, opening their Premier account with a 5-1 win away to Georgeham and Croyde.
Last season's Intermediate One champions Woolsery also relished their step up, opening their Senior Division account with a 6-0 win at home to Hartland, who have entered the division from the opposite direction after relegation from the Premier Division.
An even opening half saw just one goal by Lewis Wilkins separating the sides at half-time. But after heavy rain forced a temporary stop just after half-time Woolsery came out on the restart refreshed to add further goals by Tom Summers, Mischa Howe, Nick Glover (2) and Tom Barton.
Fellow promotion team Park United, however, did not find the step up so easy, losing their opening Senior game 3-1 at home to Bratton Fleming.
Ilfracombe Town 3rds made the biggest early impact in Intermediate One with their 6-1 win away to Braunton 3rds, although there were also big wins for Lynton and Lynmouth 5-1 and Merton 4-1.
New boys Anchor Chiefs and Fremington both won their opening games in Intermediate Two, the Chiefs currently occupying second place behind Torridgeside Reserves after their 4-1 win at Hartland Reserves while Fremington are close behind following a 5-3 win at home to Braunton 4ths.
Chiefs started well and pushed Hartland back straight from the whistle. Shaun Hastings quickly opened his account and within six minutes made it two. Just before the break 16 year old Chris Stockton hitting his first league goal to make it 3-0 at the break.
Hartland pulled a goal back and would have come closer had keeper Mark Tattersall not pulled off a good penalty save., Brandon Neal-Reidy, another Chiefs' 16-year-old, made the game safe with a late fourth goal.
Fremington's return to the fray saw a close encounter, but they won through with a hat-trick from Joe Rogers, a spectacular cross-cum shot from James Ley and a diving header from Andy Saunders.
Opening weekend results:
Premier Division - Barnstaple AAC 1, Appledore Reserves 3; Bideford Reserves 0, Braunton 1; Combe Martin 4, Ilfracombe Town Reserves 0; Dolton 3, Bradworthy 2; Georgeham and Croyde 1, Boca Seniors 5; Torridgeside 6, North Molton Sports Club 1; Torrington 4, Putford 3.
Senior Division - Northam Lions 6, Barnstaple AAC Res 3; Park Utd 1, Bratton Fleming 3; Shamwickshire Res 2, North Molton Res 3; Woolsery 6, Hartland 0.
Intermediate One - Braunton 3rds 1, Ilfracombe 3rds 6; Merton 4, Northam lions Res 1; Putford Res 1, Lynton and Lynmouth 5.
Intermediate Two - Bradworthy res 1, Northam Lions 3rds 2; Fremington 5, Braunton 4ths 3; Hartland Res 1, Anchor Chiefs 4; South Molton Res 2, Bratton Fleming Res 4; Torridgeside Res 6, North Molton 3rds 2.