A STUNNING solo goal from Sam Fishwick inspired Appledore to their second win of the season in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League.
The winger ran from the halfway line to put the Fishermen ahead before Brian Levien scored the second in a 2-1 victory over Newton Abbot Spurs.
Fishwick received the ball from a Mark Cann throw and set off on a run, taking on a visiting midfielder, full back and two central defenders.
As the other full back moved across to cover, he calmly went past goalkeeper Sean Hooton and slotted into the empty net.
Keith Shapland, the Appledore manager, said: “I don’t know if I have ever seen an individual goal as good as that.He’s the only one who could have done that in our team. He’s that sort of player.”
With Danny Jenkins starting in midfield in place of the injured Richard Chumbley, Appledore made one change to the line-up which beat Alphington on the opening day.
A dominant display was rewarded as Jenkins picked out Levien to score the second with side-foot finish over the keeper.
The hosts endured an uncomfortable final 20 minutes after Spurs pulled one back. Jenkins conceded a free kick on the halfway line and when the ball was played forward, it fell to Adam Dyson to beat Ollie Rigler with a shot from the edge of the box.
“We came out and bossed the second half,” said Shapland. “Our fitness showed and we looked like we were going to go on and put four or five past them. But we gave away a goal and, at 2-1, we were a bit cautious. It shows how quickly games can change.
“It’s a good start but we have got to keep going, keep doing the things we know we’re good at and learn from our mistakes.”
Appledore will aim for a third straight win in Division One East with a home fixture against Okehampton Argyle on Wednesday.
Jamie Frickleton is due to return from suspension while fellow defender Tim Watson is unavailable.
Harry Stevens, the Torridgeside striker, went on to make his debut on Saturday and with Will Marsland still to return from injury, there is a large squad to choose from.