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Testing time for North Devon clubs in Devon cups

15:04 08 October 2013

Boca goalscorer Simon Ovey celebrates putting his side ahead with his team-mates. PHOTO: platinumimages.uk.com

Boca goalscorer Simon Ovey celebrates putting his side ahead with his team-mates. PHOTO: platinumimages.uk.com

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Several teams knocked out of the Devon cups

GRADDON VENDING DEVON PREMIER CUP

North Devon’s teams suffered a tough time in the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup first round this weekend.

Only three of the 15 teams from the North Devon and Peninsula Leagues made it through to round two – one by virtue of a walkover and the other two by knocking out fellow North Devon teams.

Torridgeside received a walkover into the next round against Seaton Town, and will now host Tiverton Town Reserves.

Boca Seniors are also still in the competition after overcoming fellow North Devon Premier league high-flyers Barnstaple AAC by a goal to nil, with Simon Ovey grabbing the decisive goal.

They will now travel to Fremington’s conquerors, Teignmouth, in round two.

Peninsula side Appledore showed their class against North Devon Premier strugglers Chittlehampton, putting them to the sword in a 6-0 win.

Adam Copp claimed a hat-trick, while Greg Holland scored twice and player/manager Keith Shapland got his name on the scoresheet.

But 12 North Devon sides perished in the first round, none more painfully so than Holsworthy.

The magpies have had a tough start to the season in the Peninsula league, and were remarkably beaten 7-6 by Tavistock Association Reserves on Saturday.

Shamwickshire Rovers, Shebbear United, North Molton Sports Club, Braunton, Dolton, Bideford Reserves, Georgeham & Croyde, Torrington and Fremington all fell to a variety of Devon clubs and will re-train their thoughts onto the league this weekend.

FIREWATCH DEVON SENIOR CUP

It was a similar story for North Devon clubs in the Senior cup.

North Devon Senior division leaders Braunton Reserves battled through with a 3-2 win at Newton St Cyres.

Braunton were not at full strength but the decision to field the regular fourth team striker partnership of James O’Sullivan and Raith Whatingham paid off in a big way.

O’Sullivan scored twice, but it was Whatingham who provided the most memorable moment of the game. His spectacular volley from the half way line was worthy of winning any game, and sealed Braunton’s place in round three.

They will be joined by Ashwater, who carried their unbeaten league form into their tie with Tipton St John.

Ashwater picked up a fine away win, coming away 3-2 winners.

Devon and Exeter league side Chulmleigh are also through following a 4-1 win over Tedburn St Mary, and Park United won 3-1 at Hemyock.

Woolsery, Landkey Town, Combe Martin, Barnstaple FC, Torridgside Reserves, Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves, Holsworthy and Putford were knocked out, with Shammy Reserves taking the biggest battering of the lot. They lost 8-0 at Westexe Rovers.

DEVON INTERMEDIATE CUP

Braunton’s Thirds followed the example of the reserves and not the first team as they made it through to the third round of the Intermediate cup in convincing fashion.

The gulf in quality between the top and bottom of North Devon Intermediate One showed as table-toppers Braunton came out 6-1 winners at Northside Atlantic.

The match between Woolacombe & Mortehoe and Torrington Reserves proved to be as close in reality as it looked on paper, with Woolacmbe just shading it 4-3 to progress.

Intermediate One high-fliers Pilton Academicals were too strong for Senior division Putford as they ran out 6-2 winners, but Woolsery Reserves’ cup run was brought to an end by Kingsley League Hemmens.

There was to be no upset as Anchor Chiefs hammered Fremington Reserves 5-0.

Ian Keen was on target twice for Chiefs and skipper Matt Cloak also bagged a brace, while Adam Halling also found the net.

This was the Chiefs’ first home game since their pitch at Victoria Park in Bideford was rotated 15 degrees due to the poor condition of the pitch near each of the goal mouths, and manager Mick Tattersall was pleased with the display put on by his team.

“Great game and the perfect way to bounce back from the disappointing High Bickington game,” he said.

“The new layout of the pitch seemed to be fine, although it does look strange compared to what we are used to.

“Well done lads, a very well deserved win.”

Barnstaple Reserves beat Sporting Barum by five goals to one to book their place in the next round, and Chivenor made their way into the next round thanks to a walkover against Halwill Reserves.

Georgeham & Croyde Reserves are also out after they went down 7-2 to Hartland.

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