North Devon League: Torrington return to winning ways
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This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up
Torrington won 3-0 at Ilfracombe Town on Saturday to record three points in the Premier Division for the first time since November.
Their last two games have been abandoned, following a run of three straight defeats before Christmas.
But that was swiftly put to bed on Saturday, as Torrie picked up an eighth win of an inconsistent season.
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Craig McConnachie scored twice, with forward Nathan Delaune also finding the net for Torrie.
The result leaves Torrington sixth, while Ilfracombe are now ninth.
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On another weekend when the fixture list was once again decimated by bad weather, Shamwickshire Rovers were the only other winners in the Premier Division.
They fought hard to overcome North Molton by three goals to two, enough to take them to fifth in the table and level on points with Bideford Reserves above them.
Shammy have gone about their business quietly and effectively this season, but will face a big test this weekend when they travel to second-placed Braunton.
Braunton know that should they beat Shammy, then anything other than a win for Boca Seniors at Park United would put them top for the first time this season.
Three matches survived in the Senior Division, with the pick of the games being played at the Recreation Ground in Georgeham.
That’s where Landkey lost for the first time this season - and in thrilling fashion.
Georgeham and Croyde fought hard to win the match 4-3, with both sides looking to score at every opportunity.
Despite winning 11 of their opening 13 league games, Landkey now find themselves in a three-way tie at the top of the Senior Division with Braunton Reserves, who have played 14, and Georgeham - although Saturday’s was their 18th game of the season.
Woolacombe and Mortehoe are still within striking distance in fifth, and remain the division’s only unbeaten side now after beating Putford 3-1.
Chittlehampton contined to climb the table with a third consecutive win.
They beat Merton 4-0, with the goals coming from Liam Craze, Chris Dent, Nicholas Parkin and Josh Wren. Chittle are now ninth.
The weather had a catastrophic effect in the intermediate divisions, with all of the matches in Intermediate One biting the bullet.
All six games were called off, leaving Barnstaple AAC Reserves nine points clear at the top, though the chasing pack will have games in hand when the weather holds up.
Hopefully, that will happen this weekend - as it promises to be a cracker at the top of the table.
Barnstaple AAC will be challenged once more, heading to second-placed Sporting Barum.
Barum are on a four-match winning streak in the league, a run which has seen them score a frightening 37 goals.
Two of the other title hopefuls, fourth-placed Pilton Academicals and third-placed Chivenor, will also face off against each other on Saturday.
Both of those sides have ground to make up on Ammies, but with games in hand the winner of Saturday’s contest will fancy themselves to make a real push for the title.
Fremington Reserves overcame a stubborn Putford Reserves side on Saturday to climb to second in the Intermediate Two table.
Fremington leapfrogged Appledore Reserves by winning for the ninth time this season - with only six points separating them from table-topping Bideford Academy.
They were made to fight hard for the points on Saturday, eventually beating Putford 4-3.
There was news at the bottom of the table, too, as at the 12th time of asking Merton Reserves finally got off the mark for the season.
Their first point of the 2014/15 campaign came in a 1-1 draw at home against Georgeham and Croyde Reserves.
Nic Shilleto scored Georgeham’s goal, while Merton’s strike came from Liam Brend.
Merton are still bottom of the table, with Lynton and Lynmouth and South Molton just above them with four points apiece.
There are a couple of big games to look forward to this weekend, too, should the weather allow.
Table-topping Bideford Academy will go to fourth-placed Woolacombe Reserves, and Landkey Reserves - who have only lost once this season but have several games in hand - will host the other team in the division to have only lost once, Appledore Academy.
Fremington will go to tenth-placed Hartland.