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North Devon League Premier Division round-up

By NDJMark  |  Posted: September 01, 2013

Giles Daniel scored the second goal for Barnstaple AAC

Giles Daniel scored the second goal for Barnstaple AAC

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A powerful strike from Craig Sandle set Barnstaple AAC on their way to a 5-1 win over Shebbear United in the North Devon League Premier Division. 

The Ammies continued their promising start to the season under new manager Darren Hollyoak.

Sandle, who has returned to North Devon after a spell working in Spain, controlled a pass from Giles Daniel and cracked the opening goal from the edge of the box.

Daniel, the recent signing from Boca Seniors, added the second before Ed Jenkins and James Hawkins opened up a 4-0 lead.

The win was completed by Richard Eaton, the substitute, who scored with his first touch.

After beating Torridgeside, the champions, and letting a two-goal lead slip against Georgeham and Croyde, the Ammies have taken seven points from their first three games.

Bideford and Torridgeside  both hit back from a goal down to record convincing victories.

The Robins trailed against North Molton to an early strike from Andrew Alexander but Nick Glover replied within five minutes and Will Nicholls put them ahead from the spot after Nathan Bate was brought down.

Bideford were forced to make three changes early in the second half after injuries to Glover, Jake Shambrook and Tom Hayne.

One of the substitutes, Mischa Howe made an instant impact, crossing for Phil Kelly to make it 3-1.

Bate added the fourth and Ant Moyse wrapped up a 5-1 win, scoring at the far post after a long throw from Sam Grimley.

Torridgeside welcomed back Darren Parish for his first appearance of the season and the defender relished a rare run-out in midfield against Georgeham and Croyde.

Parish hit the equaliser and the champions eased to a 4-1 victory thanks to two players making their return from injuries. 

Nathan Walter, who missed the whole of last season with cruciate knee ligament damage, was delighted to score twice on his return.

And Marc Bettiss, who hasn't played since limping out of the Brayford Cup final in May, stepped off the bench to get his customary goal.

A new-look Torridgeside team is taking shape after losing serval players and Taren Stacey, the young left back did well after stepping up from the reserves.

Ilfracaombe Town gained their first win of the season, beating Dolton 3-0 at Marlborough Park with Nick Coupland scoring twice.

Coupland, the new signing from Combe Martin, broke from midfield to fire the first into the top corner.

Cortt Hewitt pounced on a defensive mistake to slot the second and Coupland smashed the third from long range after a strong run from Jordan Alcock.

Ross Maynard scored twice and Mark Gilfillan got the other goal as Braunton, the early leaders, beat Shamwickshire Rovers 3-0.

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