WITH several first team players missing, Bideford Reserves looked to their youngsters to stand up and be counted in their Senior Division match against Barnstaple AAC Reserves. With a shortage of players, Robins' manager Derrick Elston was forced to give
WITH several first team players missing, Bideford Reserves looked to their youngsters to stand up and be counted in their Senior Division match against Barnstaple AAC Reserves. With a shortage of players, Robins' manager Derrick Elston was forced to give debuts to three 16-year-olds, Sam Paddon, Jack Woodman and Charlie Logie. Even Elston, 49, had to be included in the side as cover for Olli Cole who was delayed at work. However, the team's lack of experience was made up for by their team spirit and even without five regulars, the young side came away from Mill Road with all three points following a 5-0 win. With Richard Chumbley, Elliot Macdonald and Jack Langford controlling the midfield, Bideford kept the Ammies on the back foot. Elston made way for the belated Cole on 15 minutes to allow the visitors to change to a three-pronged attack with Karl Clements and Woodman joining Hector Christie up front. On 20 minutes, their dominance was rewarded, Christie latching onto a cross to put his side 1-0 up. Five minutes later, Bideford doubled their lead when Woodman beat the Ammies keeper with a curling shot from 25 yards. The hosts tried to stage a fight-back early in the second half, but the visitors' back four held firm. Following a scramble in front of goal, Christie reacted quickly to net his second on the hour mark. With the score at 3-0, the Robins sent on substitute keeper Dan Elston as a striker and with his first touch he set up Christie who this time failed to make contact with the cross. But Bideford didn't have to wait long to get their fourth, Elliott MacDonald chipping the Ammies' keeper from 20 yards. Full of confidence, they went looking for a fifth, both Charlie Logie and Langford coming close. Eventually the fifth arrived, Elston winning a 50-50 challenge deep in the home side's half and putting in a good cross to Christie who served MacDonald who gave the keeper no chance with his first touch. The win leaves Bideford in third, but still a massive 17 points behind division leaders Torrington. Braunton's Ryan Dempsey nodded an own goal in the 82nd minute to give Torridgeside a narrow 4-3 Premier Division win at Donnacroft. Other goals for Torridgeside were scored by Martin Boundy, Rob Holland and Scott Huxtable. James Galliford (2), and Russell Harrison scored for Braunton. Former Boca Seniors defender Ritchie Joslin marked his debut for North Molton with the first goal in his new club's 3-0 win over Dolton. Dean Plummer and John Lloyd completed the victory.Barnstaple AAC won their second consecutive match beating struggling Georgeham 1-3. Greg Holland gave Ammies the lead but Ashley Yeo equalised for Georgeham scoring direct from a corner early in the second half. The Stags had plenty of possession and were unlucky to go behind when Greg's brother Luke netted a second for Barnstaple. Scott Sharp added to Georgeham's misery with a third. Shamwickshire Rovers failed to secure a victory for new secretary Gary Legget, drawing 1-1 with Hartland. Martin Heard put Hartland ahead in the first half but Shammy hit back with Chris Allan. Ten-man Appledore Reserves beat Bradworthy 1-3 despite having Nick Fishwick sent off on the hour mark. A Shaun Copp hat-trick secured all three points for the Fishermen who remain third in the table.Mark Barrow converted a late penalty in extra time to put Boca Seniors through to the fourth round of the Graddon Vending Premier County Cup beating Kingskerswell and Chelston 3-2. Boca trailed the away side 2-0 at half time but goals from Lee Langmead and substitute, Bideford first team regular Darren Hawkings - in the side to gain match fitness - began a great fightback for the home side. With the light fading at the Tarka Tennis Centre, the teams entered extra time and when Langmead was fouled, Barrow calmly stepped up to the spot to slot home the winner. Boca will take on cup holders Totnes and Dartington on December 6 for a place in the quarter-finals. Mark Shepherd scored four goals in 20 minutes to help Senior Division title contenders Torrington beat Shamwickshire Reserves 11-1 at Pollyfield. Other goals for Torrington were scored by Danny Jenkins (2), Nathan Bate (3), Jamie Summers and Dean Johns. Carl Roberts prevented the whitewash with a goal for Shammy. The win leaves Torrington 14 points clear at the top of the table with a massive 52-goal difference. South Molton won their fifth game of the season beating Combe Martin Reserves 4-2 at Hollands Park. Ryan Isaac (2), Chris Dent and Lance Kingdon firing home the goals for South Molton. Radley Watkins scored twice for Combe Martin. Braunton Reserves came back from 1-0 down to beat Northam Lions 4-2 and remain hot on the heels of Torrington at the top of the table. Rob Crump gave the Lions an early lead as the away team dominated possession before, Braunton's Louis Murrell netted an equalizer against the run of play. Sam Box added a second for Braunton but Northam came back, Crump striking a 25-yard shot to level things at 2-2. Murrell and Tom Hubbibell were at the goal-scoring end of Braunton's response to secure all three points for their side.Clovelly are still waiting for their first win of the season after a 3-5 defeat against west coast rivals Kilkhampton. Tom Forrester (2) and Martin Edwards scored the consolation goals for Clovelly. In the other Senior Division match, Dale Sawyer and Rob Murch scored to seal a 2-1 away win for Chittlehampton in their match against Shebbear United. In the battle of the two top Intermediate One clubs, Landkey emerged victorious beating Torrington Reserves 4-2 away. Goals from Kieron Heywood (2), Mark Rippon and Wayne Hommel secured the win for Landkey while Darren Reeks and Steve Robinson were on target for Torrie. The win moves Landkey to the top of the table, equal on points with Torrington but with two games in hand over their rivals.North Molton Reserves remain third in the table after a narrow 1-0 win at Sporting Barum, Jack Brown scoring the only goal of the match. A high-scoring match between bottom-of-the-table clubs Anchor and Hartland Reserves ended in a 3-3 draw after both teams failed to find a winner. Goals from Anchor's Matt Gordon (2) and Tim Durbin were cancelled out by those from Hartland's Bryan Olde, Shane Toase and Jack Coleman. Torrington Admirals secured their fifth win of the season by beating Northam Lions Reserves 5-1 at Burrough Farm. Carl Mott, Ian Jones (2), Phill Heard and Jules Dymond scored the goals for the Admirals while Joe Davies netted the consolation goal for Northam to prevent the clean sheet. Merton failed to win a second consecutive match, goals by Nathan Delaune and Ben Mason the only consolation in a 5-2 defeat at Bude Town.Goals from Steve Flood (2), Mark Lee (2) Mark Pooley, Ashley Hocking and Robert Ousley helped Park United beat Equalizers 7-3. Marcus Mahoney, Matt Jeffery and Scott Langmead scored for Equalizers who have lost several players to other teams in recent weeks. Manager Ade Lynch said he was now looking to strengthen his squad with any new players, old or young. Anyone interested in playing Intermediate One football should contact Equalizers on 07813 002614 or 07976 844971. The other Intermediate One match between Braunton Thirds and High Bickington ended in a 0-0 stalemate. In Intermediate Two, Lynton returned to winning ways with an impressive 6-0 Rocksfield win against North Molton Thirds. Scorers for Lynton were James Jenkins (4), Richard Jenkins and CJ Roberts. The win moves Lynton back to the top of the table with a two-point advantage over Ilfracombe Town Thirds whose match against South Molton Reserves was postponed. Chittlehampton Reserves' problems continue after a heavy 8-0 home defeat against Torridgeside Reserves. William Croxford (3), Bradley Ash, Richard Bright, Billy Curtis, Richard Eaton and Jethro Kimber were the scorers for Torridgeside.After seven matches, Buckland Brewer still remain unbeaten. The latest team to fall victim to their winning streak were Putford Reserves who lost 2-0. An own goal and a Ben Dooley strike secured all three points for Brewer. Alfred Cotton celebrated his 18th birthday with two goals in Bratton Fleming Reserves 4-4 draw at home to Mortehoe. Bratton trailed 3-0 after 20 minutes after goals from Andrew Woodman, Liam Dyer and Howard Dennis gave the visitors a convincing lead. In the second half, Bratton came back fighting and with four minutes to go, clawed a 4-3 lead thanks to goals by Dean Sherris, Jason Smith and birthday-boy Cotton (2). But with almost the last kick of the match, Mortehoe's Woodman snatched an equaliser with his 15th goal in 12 games.