It has been quite a week for Torrington in both league and cup encounters.
Having ended the unbeaten run of Senior Division leaders Fremington the previous Saturday, Torrie continued their good form midweek with arguably their best result yet – a 7-2 Torridge Cup win over Premier Division leaders Bideford Reserves.
On Saturday they were winners again, this time maintaining their Senior Division challenge with a comfortable 5-0 result at home to Northam Lions that could easily have been by a bigger margin.
The game was effectively over by half-time as Torrie led 4-0. But club spokesman Nick Taffs said that while many other teams might have folded, he was impressed by the way the Lions stuck to their task.
Kai Dymond (2), Danny Jenkins, a bullet header from Don O’Shea and Cory Hind hit the Torrie goals.
After suffering their first defeat the previous weekend, Fremington were back to winning ways with a 4-2 result at home to Woolsery.
But it was not their prettiest performance admitted manager John Thompson.
The divisional leaders struggled for the first 20 minutes against a strong running Woolsery. A well taken goal by Simon Larcombe put them in front, but Woolsery quickly hit back through Josh Johnston and took the lead through Micha Howe.
Fremington took control with the wind at their backs in the second half and two goals by Mark Sanders gave them the spoils.
The battle at the top of the division took another twist when Combe Martin lost their unbeaten record with a surprise defeat in their local derby with Lynton and Lynmouth.
Having only conceded three goals in their previous six matches, Combe let in five to lose out by the odd goal of nine and erase Lynton’s memories of a 5-0 defeat at their hands last month.
Combe took the lead early in the first half with the first of three goals by Peter Varley. But Lynton levelled almost immediately when Max Smith’s header looped over the keeper and an intercepted clearance from Lewis Constable caught the home defence flat and Dave Eastman ran on to it and slotted home to put them 2-1 up on the stroke of half-time.
Playing down the slope, Lynton started the second half strongly and Max Smith met a corner with a diving-header to make it 3-1. Good interplay between Matt Druce and Eastman saw him cross for Jack Pugsley to make it 4-1. Despite dominating, Lynton took their foot off the pedal and Varley punished some nervy defending with two more goals to pull Combe back to 4-3 and they were now looking the stronger. But Smith unselfishly squared the ball to Eastman, who pushed Lynton two up again before Simon Townsend hit another for Combe with three minutes to go.
After a goalless opening half, Sam McCreedie hit a hat-trick to give Braunton Reserves a 3-0 win away to Merton.
Bude were also 3-0 winners at home to Pilton Academicals.