Boca back on top

Joseph Bulmer

BOCA Seniors stormed to the top of the North Devon Gazette Premier Division for the first time this season with an 8-0 drubbing of Bradworthy on Saturday. A Scott Sharp hat-trick and a brace by Sam Stephens gave the Barnstaple side their sixth win from se

BOCA Seniors stormed to the top of the North Devon Gazette Premier Division for the first time this season with an 8-0 drubbing of Bradworthy on Saturday.

A Scott Sharp hat-trick and a brace by Sam Stephens gave the Barnstaple side their sixth win from seven in the league this season. Tom Marsh, Jack Jenkins and Ross Maynard were also among the goals at the Tarka Tennis Centre.

The morning's league leaders Barnstaple AAC were beaten 2-1 at home to Bideford Reserves. Ian Keen broke the deadlock for Bideford with 15 minutes to play before Kyson Chugg equalised for the Ammies with eight minutes to go. Alex Farmer tucked away the late winner from the penalty spot for the Robins.

Appledore Reserves moved up to second in the table despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Shamickshire Rovers.

There was a good 2-0 win for North Molton at Putford, while Torridgeside picked up the pace with a 6-2 win at struggling Combe Martin. Dolton and Georgeham & Croyde drew 1-1.

In the Senior Division, Pilton Academicals and Park United both obliterated their opposition with 9-1 wins.

Pilton took a little while to get going at struggling Hartland. Having led through a Quyen Tran goal, the Accies were left scratching their heads at half-time after Hartland pulled level through a deflected free-kick.

Having squandered chances galore, the goals came thick and fast after the re-start, Carl Blair (2), Brendan Patton (2), James Gregory (2), Antony Higgs and an-own goal putting some serious distance between the two sides.

Meanwhile at Sandymere, Park were 4-0 up 20 minutes into the game against Combe Martin Reserves. Man of the day Kevin Buck grabbed a double hat-trick, while Stephen Flood scored two and Ben Hayne got one.

Bratton Fleming were 3-1 down at home to Barnstaple AAC Reserves before coming back to win the match 5-3. Marcus Mahoney (2), Liam Hawkins (2) and Maurice Charley scored the goals to help Bratton close the gap on the top two teams, who both dropped points away from home at the weekend.

Leaders Northam Lions drew 1-1 with Braunton Reserves, while Woolsery came away from Chittlehampton with a point in a 2-2 draw.

Andrew James and John Jefferies scored the consolation goals for Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves in a 6-2 defeat at Shebbear United.

In Intermediate One, Joe Gillard scored an early contender for goal or the season as Wrey Arms continued their improved form with a 6-0 away victory at Buckland Brewer. Already leading from Jimmy Hill's opener, Gillard turned his marker on the half-way line and produced a 25-yard rocket that left the keeper with no chance.

The second half was all one-way traffic and further strikes from Dan Larcombe (2), Si Larcombe and a late header from substitute Craig smith settled a comfortable victory.

Unbeaten league leaders Lynton & Lynmouth remained top with a 3-0 win at Braunton Thirds while Spoting Barum kept up the pace with a 2-0 win at Woolsery Reserves.

Equalizers were also 2-0 winners on Saturday. Darren Floyde and Andrew Parkhouse scored the second half goals as the Barnstaple side overcame Woolacombe & Mortehoe at Rock Park. Parkhouse provided the pass for Floyde's driven shot and Floyde turned provider to set up Parkhouse, who calmly slotted in the bottom corner.

A brilliant Darren Wilcox header gave Clovelly a 1-0 half-time lead against High Bickington before the hosts came back to level the scores in a closely-fought match.

Ash "the Cat" Burton saved a first half penalty for Clovelly.

In Intermediate Two, leaders Fremington made it eight wins from nine with a 5-2 victory at home to South Molton Reserves.

Andy King scored a hat-trick and Cory Roach scored two for the hosts, while Jamie Giffard and Sam Runnalls were the goal scorers for the Images.

Hartland Reserves' Sean Alger capitalised on an error at the back to give his side a 71st minute lead at Anchor Chiefs.

Harland put in a composed team display to defend the advantage and pick up their first point since early September.

Gary Grant scored twice as Pilton Reserves beat AFC Anchor Reserves 4-0 at Rock Park. Simon Furse and Adam Smith were also on target for the Accies.

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