Top trio maintain unbeaten records
17:21 04 December 2012
The top trio all maintained their unbeaten records at their weekend.
Leaders Bideford Reserves were 3-0 winners at home to Ilfracombe Town Reserves despite losing keeper Peter Ellis to injury in the opening 10 minutes.
Central midfielder Rick Williams took over and showed good skills between the sticks to keep a clean sheet.
A slick passing move ended with Phil Kelly squaring the ball for Nathan Bate to tap in the opening goal and after Bate was fouled in the box Alan Stevens made it 2-0 from the penalty spot before half-time.
Kelly added a third 10 minutes from the end with a close-range strike.
Torridgeside maintained their momentum with a 5-0 win at home to Shebbear.
Kyle Payne opened the scoring and a Marc Bettis shot was parried by the keeper only to rebound off a defender for an own goal for 2-0 at the break.
Bettis added a third from the penalty spot, followed by a goal by Neil Bettis and one direct from a corner by Paddy Ions.
North Molton maintained their place among the unbeaten top three with a workmanlike 2-0 win at home to Dolton.
They missed an early penalty, but took the lead with an impressive 12-pass move which ended with Tom Marsh scoring midway through the opening half.
Marsh struck again on 70 minutes to make the game safe.
Shamwickshire Rovers moved up to fifth following a 4-1 win away to Chittlehampton.
Andy Allin put them in front and they went 2-0 ahead with a Ben Evans-Loude penalty after Chittle had a player red carded for handling on the line.
But this spurred 10-man Chittle to greater efforts and they pulled one back before Shammy took control and moved ahead as Allin completed his hat-trick.
There was disappointment for Shammy on Sunday as they exited the Hansen Cup with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of South Western Leaguers Holsworthy.
Appledore Reserves grabbed their second league win of the season with a 3-1 result at home to Barnstaple AAC.
They went 2-0 up before the Ammies pulled one back and restored their lead with a third, their goals coming from Hallum Cook (2) and Mike Jones.
COMBE Martin and Park United fought out an eight-goal stalemate.
Combe were the first to strike in a ding-dong battle in which there was never more than one goal in it.
Simon Townsend hit the first and the last for Combe, with Brady Sanders and Cassian Blackmore adding others in between.
Woolsery climbed into fifth place with a 2-0 win at home to Pilton Academicals.
Both their goals came in the opening half, from Jack Smallridge and Tom Ball.
Braunton Reserves were 3-0 winners at home to Northam Lions.
A depleted Lions held out until 10 minutes before the break, but then let in two in quick succession. Billy Rhodes and Sam Box (2) were the Braunton scorers.
Ashwater and South Molton, both battling in the lower reaches of the division, had to settle for a point apiece in a 2-2 draw.
South Molton kept a clean sheet for the first 20 minutes, but then let in two goals to trail 2-0 at the break.
The second half brought an improvement by the visitors, with Joe Southcott pulling a goal back on 55 minutes.
They then gave away a penalty, but the opportunity for Ashwater to make the game safe was denied them by South Molton’s man-of-the-match, goalkeeper Paul Yard, who pulled off an outstanding save.
Dave Isaac brought the scored level on 70 minutes with South Molton’s second goal and although there were further chances both ends, it ended in stalemate.