Boca ready to reel in league title

Joseph Bulmer

A win at Appledore on Saturday will wrap up a fifth title in six years

BOCA Seniors will be hoping to net the North Devon Gazette League Premier Division title with a win against Appledore this weekend.

Regardless of last night’s result against Ilfracombe Town Reserves, a win at Marshford against the Fishermen on Saturday will secure the silverware for the fifth time in six years.

Back-to-back doubles by Tom Marsh against Putford and Dolton put Darren Todd’s side firmly in the driving seat with plenty of room for manoeuvre.

Mark Barrow was also on target in Tuesday night’s 3-1 win at Putford, while on Saturday, Kurt Bayliss supplied the third in a 3-0 win against the Rangers.

On Sunday Taro Bishop rounded off a good week for Boca when he scored the only goal as his side made it through to their sixth straight Westward Ho! Cup final.

The three-time winners beat Barnstaple AAC in an unusually lacklustre semi-final at the Tarka Tennis Centre and will play Braunton in the final on Monday, May 2.

In the Senior Division, there is still plenty of football to play with seven teams mathematically still in with a shot at the title.

But with nine games left to play, leaders Pilton Academicals can take a massive step towards glory with a win in next Tuesday’s home fixture with Bratton Fleming.

On Wednesday night, Aaron Yeo, James Gregory and Claudio Pinto scored for the Accies in a 3-0 win at Park United, while on Friday night, Pilton came from behind to beat Torrington Reserves 4-1 at Vicarage Fields. Pinto (2) and Yeo were among the goals after Carl Blair’s equaliser.

Bratton also have nine left to play and showed little sign of faltering with two wins this week. On Wednesday, Stuart Cameron and Richard Elston both scored in a 2-1 win at Combe Martin Reserves, Kieran Sanders netting for the hosts.

On Saturday, Damian Green scored four for the second time in seven days as Bratton crushed North Molton Reserves 8-1. Liam Hawkins, Richard Elston, Neil Tweedie and Maurice Charley were also on target.

Ian Gaddes scored a diving header for Combe Martin in a 7-1 home defeat against title contenders Shebbear United.

His side fared better on Sunday with a 3-2 win against Braunton Reserves. They came back from 2-0 down to grab all three points thanks to a Sam Brown penalty and goals by Gavin Pincombe and Tom Goldsworthy.

Jamie Giffard scored a hat-trick as South Molton beat Hartland 3-0 on Saturday, while on Sunday, Colin Kennerson scored two in a 3-2 defeat at home to Torrington Reserves.