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New manager delighted at Shammy win

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: August 29, 2013

THRILLS AND SPILLS: Bideford's Tom Hayne tumbles under challenge from Torrington's Danny Jenkins. Picture: Rob Tibbles. To order this photograph call 0844 4060 269 and quote Ref: BNRT20130824D-014_C

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TWO late goals from Sam Bissett gave Shamwickshire Rovers a shock win in the North Devon League Premier Division on Tuesday night.

Bideford reserves, tipped for the title by many observers this season, suffered a 3-2 defeat at the home of their local rivals.

Last season, despite a 7-1 win at Pollyfield on the final night, Bideford were still pipped to the league title by Torridgeside on goal difference.

And there was more frustration for them at East-the-Water against a Shammy side inspired by a stunning goal from Ross Glover.

Will Nicholls buried a penalty to put the visitors ahead but the vocal home supporters were cheering when Glover volleyed a sweet equaliser from the edge of the box.

Bissett then ran through to put Shamwickshire ahead only for Jake England to snatch a late equaliser against his former club.

The final say went to Bissett in stoppage time when his shot sneaked beyond Peter Ellis for a memorable victory.

Shane Ackland, the new manager, said: "The old Shammy teams would never roll over and that's what I'm trying to install into our lads. They were fantastic. They won the battle and they have got the bragging rights now for a few months."

Shamwickshire had to settle for a point on the opening Saturday when Richie Bright struck at a corner before half time, giving Dolton a 1-1 draw. Andy Allan had put the visitors ahead from a set piece.

After making an encouraging start, Dolton suffered a drubbing on Tuesday against a rampant Bradworthy side.

Steve Jenkins's young team flew out of the traps with Gary Clarke, Lee Clarke and Liam Curtis (two) putting them 4-1 up by half time.

Five more followed in the second half as Xien Witt scored twice, Curtis completed his hat-trick and Gary Clarke and Toby Durling made it 9-1.

Braunton are the early leaders after winning their opening two fixtures without conceding a goal.

Two early goals put them in control against Bradworthy and despite having Ross Maynard sent off for retaliation, they won 3-0 thanks to Sam Box (two) and James Macdonald.

Box was on target again against Ilfracombe Town as Braunton eased to a 5-0 victory with goals from Callum Norman, Russell Harrison (two) and Simon Townsend.

Combe were much tighter defensively during their goalless draw with Shebbear United on the opening day.

Shebbear remain unbeaten after two new signings gave them a 2-1 success against Appledore. Matt Coles got his first goal since joining from Putford and, after the Fishermen equalised, Greg Mitchell marked his return from Hatherleigh Town, clinching the win with a late header.

The other two fixtures on Tuesday finished 2-2 with Georgeham and Croyde and Torrington the more satisfied sides after hitting back from two goals down.

Torrie trailed North Molton to two strikes from Jamie Giffard before Nathan Delaune, the new signing from Merton, gave the home side hope. Tyler Evans-Loude then stepped off the bench to grab the equaliser and give the Greens their first point back in the Premier Division.

Georgeham grabbed their first point when late strikes from Nic Shilleto and Connor Stapley hauled them level against Barnstaple AAC.

It started so promisingly for the Ammies who eased ahead with two powerful finishes from Giles Daniel.

Daniel, the former Boca Seniors player, was influential as Barnstaple AAC caused a surprise on the opening day, beating Torridgeside.

The champions took the lead through Rob Holland but were undone in the second half when Daniel and Craig Sandle inflicted their first home defeat since March 2012.

Despite having Andrew Davie sent off in the closing stages for a last-man foul, the Ammies stood firm for a 2-1 win.

Torrington were beaten 4-0 by Bideford on their first game back in the top flight.

Nathan Bate drilled the opening goal and Nick Glover, the new signing from Appledore, turned in a cross from Tom Hayne to make it 2-0 by half time.

Two outstanding finishes from Aaron Stevens from outside the area put the seal on an impressive display.

Boca Seniors have seen many of their best players leave over the summer but one of their most reliable match winners is still there. Matt Deakin fired a hat-trick to put the Barnstaple club 3-0 ahead against Chittlehampton.

And Darren Floyde, the new signing, scored twice after stepping off the bench to complete a 5-0 victory.

A new-look North Molton also responded with a win and a clean sheet after a host of departures from their first-team squad during pre-season.

With James Tapp taking charge as player-manager for the first time, the Stags beat Georgeham and Croyde 3-0 with goals from Giffard (two) and Andrew Alexander.

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