Ton-up Accies are on the goal hunt

Joseph Bulmer

Senior leaders Pilton score their 100th goal of the season

PILTON Academicals bagged their 100th goal of the season to consolidate their position at the top of the North Devon Gazette Senior Division on Saturday.

Carl Blair powered home the landmark goal from a James Gregory corner as the Accies wrapped up a 6-0 win against Bude Town at Rock Park.

Gregory had earlier scored two and there was also a brace for Matt Hunt and a single for Claudio Pinto.

The weekend win followed another swashbuckling goal-fest in the midweek match at North Molton Reserves. Pinto scored a hat-trick, Hunt scored two and there were singles for Gregory and Quyen Tran in the 7-1 win.

The goals have come thick and fast for Pilton this season – an average of just over five per match in the league. They’re the top scorers across all four divisions, while at the other end they boast the meanest defence, having conceded a meagre 14 goals.

With Shebbear dropping points in a 3-3 draw against Barnstaple AAC on Saturday, the gap is now extended to three points although Pilton have four games in hand, 11 to play in total before the end of the season.

Jamie Sluggett bagged two and Joseph Andrew scored for Shebbear at the weekend, while a brace of goals for Martin Davey, a single for Ben Jenkinson and a penalty for skipper Greg Mitchell, earned the second-placed side a good mid-week 4-2 win against Chittlehampton.

Both sides have much still do in the title run-in; and they’ll be a few anxious glances over their shoulders’ in the coming weeks as Bratton Fleming continue to put in the performances that show they mean business.

Bratton put eight past Hartland on Wednesday night with three for Marcus Mahoney, two for Liam Hawkins and singles for Richard Elston, Joe Crush and Rob Scoines.

Damian Green wasn’t selected for the game against the division’s bottom side; but he sent a clear message to his manager on Sunday when he hit four of his side’s five goals in a 5-1 win at South Molton.

Elston was also on target while plaudits were also reserved for captain Steve Zecchini and Stuart Cameron, who both put in excellent performances as Bratton came from behind after Tony Burgess gave the Images the lead on 15 minutes.

Chittlehampton bounced back from their midweek defeat at Shebbear to beat promotion rivals Woolsery 3-1 on the road.

In other results, Hartland picked up their second win of the season without even kicking a ball after Combe Martin Reserves failed to raise a side for the fixture.

Kevin Buck and Robert Ashton both scored for Park United, who led 2-1 at half-time at North Molton Reserves but were eventually beaten 4-3.