Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Just three Premier Division games escaped the weather at the weekend, but what was lacking in matches was made up for in goals as 22 went into the back of the net.
Most significant in title terms was another big win for Boca Seniors.
Their 7-1 success at Putford on Sunday takes the reigning champions another step closer to leading pair Bideford Reserves and Torridgeside and, significantly, has given them the best goal difference in the tightly-contested division.
Bottom-of-the-table Putford surprisingly took the lead at home to the contenders with a goal in the opening five minutes by Matt Coles. But they were in front for only 90 seconds as Boca came storming back with a flurry of goals in quick succession to go 6-1 up by the break and end Putford’s hopes.
Scott Sharp headed the scoring list with five and the other Boca goals came from Mark Barrow and Mark Turner.
Chittlehampton came back from 2-0 down to win 4-3 away to Barnstaple AAC.
After wiping out the early deficit to go 3-2 ahead, Chittle conceded a penalty to make it 3-3 before finding the winner on 80 minutes. Ciaron Lishman, James Campbell, Marc Palmer and Matt Jones were the Chittle scorers.
There were celebrations for Ilfracombe Reserves, who put a bad patch behind them with a much-needed win, also with a 4-3 result away to Dolton.
Combe could have been well ahead in the opening 10 minutes, but failed to beat Dolton keeper Ian Harris, who pulled off three top-drawer saves, and it was Dolton who took the early advantage to lead 2-0 with goals by Richie Bright and Will Folland.
Half-an-hour in and Gary Constantine was brought down, allowing Sam Brown to pull one back for Combe from the penalty spot and on the stroke of half-time Sean Brown picked up a cross from first teamer Lee Francis, who was filling in, and scored to put them level.
A scorching 30-yard free kick from Ray Squire put Combe in front for the first time early in the second half and then Sean Brown returned the favour with a great pass to Francis, who put them 4-2 up. Dolton came back again with a good goal from Chris Jordan with 15 minutes to go, but Combe held out from there.