Pilton’s Pinto is on Claudio nine
New signing scores a perfect hat-trick as Accies turn on the style at South Molton
NEW Pilton Academicals signing Claudio Pinto came off the bench to fire a perfect hat-trick as the Accies put on a powerful second-half display to see off a dogged South Molton side.
Pinto, making his second appearance from the bench since his switch from Landkey Town in January, scored one each with his left, right and head to help tip the balance at Old Alswear Road on Saturday afternoon.
The Accies had taken a first half lead through James Gregory before Jamie Giffard equalised for the Images.
Quyen Tran re-directed a near post Gregory free-kick into the top corner to restore Pilton’s advantage but the home side hit back immediately with a long-range effort by Josh Hicks.
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After the break, it was all one-way traffic as Matt Hunt grabbed two and Pinto stole the show to help Pilton stroll to a 7-2 win.
Also in the division, North Molton Reserves chalked up double figures at home to Combe Martin Reserves.
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Matt Beveridge fired five goals as the Stags romped to a 7-0 half-time lead against the second-from-bottom side. Tim Perry and Matthew Yates both scored two each and Kemal Tas was also in the goals in the 10-1 rout.
In Saturday’s other league match, Sam Schiller and Chris Allen scored for Shamwickshire Rovers in a 2-2 draw at Torrington Reserves.
After 25 minutes, Park United looked to be pulling off an unlikely Combe Martin Cup quarter-final win against league title contenders Woolsery.
Park breezed to a 3-0 lead at Sandymere with goals by Chris Cloke, Mark Pooley and David Branch.
The Bideford side joked that the barn-storming start was due to the fact that they were running around trying to dry a damp kit; but in reality, it was down to hassle, challenge and hard graft.
Unfortunately, all three qualities were in short supply by the time Woolsery pulled level before the break, Luis Wilkins (2) and Nick Glover providing the lifeline goals.
Wilkins scored a third after the re-start and the game took another twist when Park’s Robin Glover came off the bench to level the scores at 4-4.
But with 10 minutes to go, Woolsery’s Tom Hawkins and Matt Lamont both scored to win the tie 6-4.
Woolsery will play Bratton Fleming in the semi-final on March 19. Bratton beat Northam Lions 2-0 to avenge a 3-2 defeat the previous week. Damian Green and Marcus Mahoney scored the second-half goals for the victors, who eventually overcame a weakened Lions side that was without six first team regulars who played the week before.
In the weekend’s other league cup quarter-finals, Shebbear United’s Martin Davey scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Braunton Reserves, while Joe Dakin scored the only goal for Hartland in a 6-1 defeat at home to Bude Town. Bude will travel to Shebbear to contest a place in the final.