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Bettiss back to boost Torridgeside's title bid

By NDJMark  |  Posted: February 17, 2013

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MARC BETTISS scored twice on his return from injury as Torridgeside thumped Shebbear United 8-1 in the North Devon League.

The premier division leaders recovered from conceding an early goal to record their biggest win of the season.

On his first start since fracturing his cheekbone, Bettiss scored his 17th and 18th goals of the campaign. 

Paddy Ions and Jamie Bright also scored twice with Neil Bettiss and Rob Holland completing Torridgeside's tenth win on the trot. 

Playing their best football for some time, Barry Paine's team stayed top on goal difference ahead of Bideford who won 5-0 at home to Putford.

The Robins eased clear thanks to Will Nicholls, with a hat-trick, Carl Holliman and a spectacular strike from Phil Kelly.

Third-placed Braunton had to work hard to overcome the challenge of local rivals Georgeham and Croyde.

Ross Maynard and Tom White put them 2-0 up before Dave Mason and a penalty from Scott Maynard sealed a 4-1 win.

Braunton were due to play twice over the weekend but today's home match against Boca Seniors was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Fremington have returned to the top of the senior division after smashing six goals past Bude Town. 

Wayne Parkhouse scored a hat-trick, Mark Sanders converted two penalties and Matt Ford struck from the edge of the box for a 6-0 win.

Goals from Connor Nash and Tom Nash gave intermediate one leaders Barnstaple FC a 2-0 victory over Anchor Chiefs.

And Braunton closed the gap on Putford, the intermediate two front-runners, as Alan Woodcock scored twice in a 2-1 win.

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