A hat-trick from CJ Roberts helped Braunton to their first Brayford Cup since 2014.
Braunton beat Boca Seniors 4-2 in Saturday’s final at Ilfracombe Town’s Marlborough Park to get their hands on the North Devon Premier league cup trophy.
Roberts had given the Seasiders the lead before half-time after they recovered from going a goal down. When Boca pulled back to 2-2 in the second half, he scored twice to take the game back out of their reach.
Both teams were evenly matched in the opening stages, which were hampered somewhat by a deluge of rain.
Adam Copp eventually broke the deadlock after 26 minutes, giving Boca the lead with a powerful finish from inside the penalty area into the roof of the net.
They would have extended their lead almost immediately after had it not been for the woodwork. Both Danny Jenkins and Scott Sharp saw efforts come back off the post.
A screamer from Russell Harrison got Braunton back on terms 10 minutes before half time. With the ball coming out to him 25 yards out, Harrison let go of a half-volley that rocketed past everyone in the penalty area and into Darren Babb’s bottom right corner.
Five minutes later Roberts put them ahead, meeting a Sam Box cross to send a looping header over Babb before bouncing into the goal.
Boca hauled themselves back into the game midway through the second half when Sharp finished from a tight angle. Craig Sandle fired just wide moments later.
But it was the Seasiders who would regain the advantage. After Box found himself in space on the right, he put a well-weighted ball into the box where an on-rushing Roberts was able to slot home.
The striker wrapped things up and completed his hat-trick five minutes later after getting in behind the Boca back-line and rounding Babb before finishing.
Braunton coach Royston Shaddick said: “As soon as they scored we could have been out of it, they hit the post twice but we dug deep and scored a worldy.
“It got us back into it and settled us down and we were able to go in 2-1 up at half-time – on reflection it could have been them 2-1 up quite easily.
“In the second half I thought we were the better side, and ran out deserved winners.”
Braunton will now be looking to secure promotion to the South West Peninsula League.
They require a top three finish to be able to go and join the likes of Appledore, Torridgeside and Ilfracombe Town, and Shaddick said the time is right for the club.
“Cups are all very nice but we wanted to go up, and we feel the time is right for us to go up.
“We missed out on it a couple of seasons ago, because the club felt it wasn’t right at the time, but the time is right now.
“We’ve got a double header which we go into full of confidence and hopefully next season we’ll be playing peninsula football.”