Monday, August 26, 2013
Boca out to re-gain Premier title
Boca Seniors got off to a flying start in the North Devon Gazette Football League Premier division with a 5-0 win over Chittlehampton.
The 2011/12 champions put out a sign of their intention to re-gain the trophy with a commanding display in their opening game after missing out to Torridgeside and Bideford Reserves last season.
And Bideford, who narrowly missed out on the title last year on goal difference, also mean business again this year, starting with a 4-0 win away at newly-promoted Torrington.
Bide Reserves looked by far the better side when they beat Torridgeside 5-1 in the Albert Beer Memorial Shield earlier this month and everything we’ve seen from them so far suggests they will be well and truly in the hunt again this time around.
Braunton and North Molton Sports Club also completed convincing 3-0 wins, but the biggest shock of the opening weekend’s fixtures was last season’s champions Torridgeside losing at home to Barnstaple AAC.
A much-altered Torridgeside team looks to be a shadow of that which claimed a league and cup double last year as Barnstaple AAC, who were 14th last season, recorded a fine 2-1 win.
Senior champions Fremington clinched a 1-1 draw against Appledore Reserves, and now face a tough trip to Boca Seniors on Wednesday.
Six fixtures were played on Tuesday night, after the North Devon Gazette had gone to print.
Braunton Reserves hammered South Molton 11-0 in their league opener.
Braunton, who were fourth last season, destroyed the home side and sit top after the first game – despite a 7-0 win for Ashwater at Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves.
On a weekend when only one team recorded a win at home – North Molton SC Reserves beat Merton in a 5-4 thriller – three teams won 4-1 away.
2011/12 Intermediate One winners Barnstaple FC beat Putford by that score line, Northam Lions beat Morwenstow Reserves and Park United delivered the same score at Combe Martin.
Two games were played on Tuesday night, while a further six are on tonight (Wednesday).
Hartland drew 4-4 with Pilton Academicals in the game of the day in the Intermediate One.
Pilton, relegated from the Senior last season, battled for a good away point in a close game, while Hartland – fourth last year – showed that they could be a team to watch again this season.
Clovelly got off to a positive start with a 4-1 win over Ilfracombe Town Thirds. The club, who were on the brink of collapse a few weeks ago, put in a fine performance and join Northam Lions, Anchor Chiefs and Equalizers as day one winners. Again, there is a full compliment of midweek fixtures, including the first games of the season for Barnstaple AAC Reserves, Braunton Thirds, Woolacombe & Mortehoe and High Bickington.
Last year’s emphatic champions Braunton Fourths picked up right where they left off with a 7-0 demolition of Lynton & Lynmouth Reserves.
Indeed, the first weekend’s games in Intermediate Two would stretch any thesaurus’ synonyms for ‘thrashing’, as four of the six matches were won by five or more goals.
Appledore’s new academy side were also 7-0 winners when they faced Woolacombe & Mortehoe Reserves, while Fremington Reserves won 5-0 at Woolsery Reserves.
But it was Chivenor who produced the biggest win in the league, putting ten past North Molton SC Thirds.
The 10-0 win marks the perfect start to Chivenor’s life in the North Devon Gazette Football League, while Haxton Rangers and Anchor Chiefs Reserves opened with rather more modest victories.
Wednesday night sees eight more games in Intermediate Two.
Anchor Chiefs manager Mick Tattersall said of his sides: “Well done to both teams on an opening day three points, some games come together easy and some are a lot harder.”