NORTH Molton picked up their first home win of the season with a 4-1 victory against Ilfracombe Town Reserves on Saturday. With many of the league s other sides involved in the Devon County Cup, the Stags took advantage to climb three places in the premie

NORTH Molton picked up their first home win of the season with a 4-1 victory against Ilfracombe Town Reserves on Saturday.

With many of the league's other sides involved in the Devon County Cup, the Stags took advantage to climb three places in the premier table thanks to braces by Greg Holland and Colin Welch.

Holland opened the scoring to make it 1-0 at half-time and the hosts ran away with the match in the second period, only conceding a goal late on.

The result was a rare bit of good news for manager David Peters in a season that has so far offered its fair share of challenges.

"We ought to have won by 10 really but we have a real problem scoring goals at the moment," said Peters.

"We're playing some nice football but can't find the net."

The manager said he had lost a number of players this year, with James Tapp switching to Porlock, Dan Chalk going to university and Nick Jones moving to Spain to work.

"We've got some young players coming through and we've signed Luke Holland from Pilton but it's fair to say there is a bit of disharmony in the club at the moment as we've had a bit of a falling out between a couple of players," added Peters.

In the big midweek re-match between Boca Seniors and Barnstaple AAC, Boca got revenge for the Ammies' 4-1 victory earlier in the month by inflicting a 5-2 defeat on their Barnstaple rivals.

Former Boca boy Jordan Charran and Kyson Chugg pulled the Ammies back into the game after Richard Shannon and Scott Sharp gave Boca the early lead.

Shannon, and the returning Mark Barrow and Matt Deakin, scored second half goals to win the match for Boca.

In the Senior Division, there was plenty of early action as North Molton Reserves took an early 2-0 lead with goals by James Campbell and Finn Hutchison in the home fixture against Bude Town.

With the Stags in driving seat, last man Andy Vernon was then sent off for a professional foul, leaving the Stags to play 75 minutes of the match with 10 men.

Despite the deficit, they managed to hold on until 10 minutes from time - and had keeper Peter Seviour to thank for saving a penalty - before Bude hit back to make it 2-2.

On Wednesday night, Bratton Fleming beat Combe Martin Reserves 7-0 with goals by Marcus Mahoney (3), Liam Hawkins, Jamie Cameron, Joe Toop and an own goal.