Boca on cloud nine as they complete unbeaten league campaign

14:39 27 May 2014

Boca Seniors captain Taro Bishop with the premier division trophy. PHOTO: Rob Bates

Boca Seniors captain Taro Bishop with the premier division trophy. PHOTO: Rob Bates

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Boca Seniors won the premier division and finished the league season unbeaten. PHOTO: Rob BatesBoca Seniors won the premier division and finished the league season unbeaten. PHOTO: Rob Bates

PREMIER

BOCA Seniors celebrated regaining the premier division title in style by thrashing Dolton to complete an unbeaten league campaign.

Boca won 28 of their 30 league games and drew the other two, amassing a mighty goal difference of +99 along the way – not harmed by a 9-0 win in their final game of the season.

The goals on Friday night included a Matt Deakin hat-trick, plus braces from Ciaron Lishman and Darren Floyde. James Hill and Elliot Whitecross were also on target for Boca, who saw captain Taro Bishop sent off.

Boca have enjoyed a near-faultless league campaign, seeing off Braunton in their two head-to-heads to clinch the title.

Torrington saw off the challenge of Bideford Reserves to secure third.

They knew going into last Wednesday’s game at Shebbear that something remarkable would have to happen for them not to finish third, and responded with a comfortable 4-0 win to claim an excellent finish.

But it was not all doom and gloom for Shebbear, who finished their season with a win at North Molton on Saturday.

Shebbear were led to a 4-2 victory by Lee Jenkinson’s hat-trick, with Matthew Facey also finding the net.

James Tapp and Oliver Chalk scored for North Molton.

Bradworthy’s impressive end to the season also continued on Saturday, as they rounded off their 2013/14 campaign with a 7-0 win at Georgeham and Croyde.

The win saw Bradworthy claim to ninth place after taking ten points from their final four games and winning seven of their final nine.

Chittlehampton picked up only their fifth point of the season in their penultimate game on Saturday, an entertaining 4-4 draw with Shamwickshire Rovers.

Despite that result, Chittle look certain to finish bottom of the pile in the premier division and, unless they can beat Appledore Reserves this Saturday, will do so without winning a single game all season.

If Appledore win that game, they will leapfrog last year’s winners Torridgeside and take seventh.

Barnstaple AAC will have their sights set on usurping Bideford Reserves and claiming fourth when they go to Dolton tonight (Wednesday), before Dolton’s final fixture against Georgeham and Croyde on Saturday in the league’s final round of fixtures.

SENIOR

PARK United remain on course for the title in the senior division heading into a crucial final week of matches.

Park were awarded a walkover last Wednesday, leaving them five points behind Braunton Reserves with two final games in hand.

They start with a difficult game at Landkey Town tonight (Weds), before meeting third-placed Barnstaple FC on Saturday.

Both games will prove a serious test for Park, who have only lost three times so far this season.

Barnstaple FC should be assured of a third place finish, despite a 7-5 loss in a remarkable game at Woolsery last week.

That result, followed by a 4-2 win over Lynton and Lynmouth on Saturday, confirmed that Woolsery will finish fifth, and leaves Landkey needing to beat Park by 10 goals to go third.

At the bottom of the table, Combe Martin did all they could to avoid relegation, but a 4-2 win at Shamwickshire Rovers Reseres was not enough.

South Molton made sure of their survival by picking up a point at home to Merton.

Merton looked to be on track for a win at 3-1, but second half strikes from Josh Hicks and the impressive James Campbell were enough to keep South Molton in the senior division for another season.

North Molton Reserves finished their campaign on a winning note, beating Lynton and Lynmouth by a comfortable 7-2 margin to confirm their sixth-place finish.

Lynton complete their season on Saturday when they host Ashwater, with the teams certain to finish 10th and ninth respectively regardless of the result.

INTERMEDIATE ONE

WOOLACOMBE and Mortehoe FC were crowned Intermediate One champions in a dramatic final match at second-placed Hartland last week.

Both teams knew that a win would see them crowned champions, and it was Hartland who looked to be on track when Adam Symons fired them in front.

The Seasiders started to settle and were level after 20 minutes when Tommy Hannah poked home.

Just before half time, Woolacombe were awarded a penalty when Adam Baxter was bundled over in the box, and Dan Wright made no mistake from the spot to put his side in front at the break.

With 20 minutes to go, Wright turned inside the box before firing an angled shot into the corner to leave them on the brink of the title and senior division football next season.

Woolacombe held on, with captain Marc Churchill and manager Richard Slaney getting their hands on the trophy.

The defeat left Hartland needing to win their final game of the season on Saturday to join Woolacombe in being promoted, and despite the pressure they were more than up to the challenge.

Hartland tore Barnstaple FC Reserves apart, beating them 8-0 and ending Anchor Chiefs’ promotion dreams in the process.

Chiefs did all they could, beating Pilton 6-2 on Saturday, but they ultimately came up one point and one place short.

With all of the games in the division completed, Sporting Barum and Torrington Reserves are confirmed as the sides dropping down to Intermediate Two for next season.

INTERMEDIATE TWO

NORTH Molton Thirds secured their promotion to Intermediate One with an emphatic 8-0 win at Georgeham and Croyde Reserves on Sunday.

The win made second place mathematically certain for them, as Haxton Rangers are now out of matches.

Haxton have, though, enjoyed a good first season in the North Devon League and finished up with a 3-1 win over Anchor Chiefs Reserves to secure third.

That position looked to be under threat when Haxton were thrashed 5-1 by Appledore Academy last Wednesday, but Saturday’s victory ensured third.

Appledore were awarded a walkover on Saturday, meaning a win in their final game, at home to Merton Reserves this week, would see the young side finish fourth.

If they fail to win that game, Fremington Reserves will take fourth, after putting themselves in that position with a 6-2 win at Hartland Reserves on Sunday.

Woolacombe and Mortehoe Reserves managed to steal in front of Woolsery Reserves on Saturday, beating Hartland Reserves 2-1.

They finished eighth, with Woolsery having to settle for ninth after defeat at home to Lynton and Lynmouth Reserves in their last match of the season.

North Molton complete their season tonight (Weds) and are sure to be celebrating their promotion when they host Hartland Reserves.

For the league’s finale on Saturday, Appledore Academyface Merton Reserves, Hartland Reserves play Anchor Chiefs Reserves and Lynton and Lynmouth Reserves take on Chittlehampton Reserves.

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