Boca show their teeth at the Tarka

Joseph Bulmer

Two wins in a weekend for Darren Todd’s side

BOCA Seniors made it two wins from two and moved to within a point of Appledore Reserves at the top of the North Devon Gazette Premier Division at the weekend.

Darren Todd’s men smashed 10 goals past Combe Martin at the Tarka Tennis Centre and followed up the rout the following day against Putford at the same venue.

On Saturday Tom Marsh scored a hat-trick, Sam Stephens and James Davey scored two each and there were singles for Lewis Ovey, Matt Deakin and Scott Sharp.

On Sunday, Stephens, Deakin, Jack Jenkins and Mark Barrow all found the net in a 17-minute second-half goal blitz as Boca came from behind to beat Putford 4-1.

Meanwhile, there was more disappointment for North Molton, whose title challenge took another knock as they were beaten for the second time in two weeks, this time at the hands of Braunton.

Striker Simon Townsend was on fire for Braunton, who actually went 1-0 down after just 30 seconds.

The wind got behind a free-kick from the edge of the box and the looped effort dropped off the bar and against unfortunate goalkeeper John Vaughan.

But the hosts attacked against the wind and were back on level terms five minutes before the break when Townsend scored the first of a superb hat-trick.

Ten minutes after the re-start, Jake Barwick played in Graham Green who was brought down in the box. Townsend tucked away the penalty and when Barwick and Robert Greening robbed the ball in the middle of the park, the former Combe Martin man shimmied his way to goal number three in fine style.

Townsend turned goal provider when he played in strike partner Callum Norman to finish the Stags off at 4-1.

Manager Mark Harris said of three-goal Townsend: “Simon’s been threatening to do this all season and Saturday was the day.

“All of my players were outstanding but if they were on nines, he was on 10. The defence was solid, the midfield was dominant and the front three chased everything.”

Harris also reserved plaudits for returning sweeper Richard Tocknell, who played his first full match after returning from a cruciate injury sustained at Torrington in November 2009.

League leaders Appledore Reserves are still the only unbeaten side in the division; but with a fourth draw on Saturday, it might not be defeats that costs them honours come May.

The Fishermen were held to a 3-3 stalemate at rivals Torrington.

Georgeham & Croyde beat Dolton 6-1 and Torridgeside showed their superiority over bottom side Bradworthy with a 4-1 home win.

The hosts stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead thanks to two Martin Boundy goals and an own goal.

And after Bradworthy pulled one back in the second half, Boundy lay claim to the match ball when he completed his hat-trick and snuffed out any thoughts of a comeback.

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