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North Devon League title race goes to the wire after Torridgeside beat Bradworthy

By NDJMark  |  Posted: May 04, 2013

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A narrow victory over Bradworthy sent Torridgeside back to the top of the North Devon League premier division this afternoon.

First-half strikes from Marc Bettiss and Rob Holland were enough for a 2-1 win at Donnacroft, moving Torridgeside above Bideford reserves on goal difference.

The result means the title race will go down to the final day with the top two teams level on points. 

Torridgeside's goal difference is just one better than Bideford's and the championship could be decided on who can win by the biggest margin on Wednesday evening. 

Putford, who are fighting relegation, host Torridgeside while Bideford have a local derby at Shamwickshire Rovers.

Two days after their Torridge Cup triumph, Torridgeside made a strong start against Bradworthy, taking a 2-0 lead by half time.

But the visitors hit back with a goal soon after the restart and fought hard to stay in contention.

Torridgeside would have hoped to score more goals but in the end, Barry Paine, their manager, was just grateful to take three points. 

"It was a very stubborn defence and we just couldn't break them down," he said. 

"We worked hard but it wasn't a day when we were going to score a lot of goals."

Fremington have been crowned champions of the senior division with a 4-1 win over North Molton this afternoon.

And Barnstaple FC wrapped up the intermediate one title with a 2-2 draw at Hartland.

A surprise defeat for Torridgeside reserves at Sporting Barum has boosted Hartland's hopes of finishing second.

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