Boca stride towards fifth premier title

Joseph Bulmer

BOCA Seniors have taken two more giant strides towards this season’s Premier Division trophy with wins against Bideford Reserves and Torridgeside.

Last season’s runner-ups dazzled the Robins with an 8-1 win under the lights at the Sports Ground on Thursday night and fired five past Torrie without reply on Saturday.

Boca have opened up a seemingly unassailable 14-point gap at the top of the table. And with just three points dropped from 18 games this season – and a massive plus-63 goal difference – they are now likely to need a maximum of 18 points from their remaining 10 games to win the title.

Second-placed Braunton were beaten 3-0 by a resurgent Ilfracombe Town Reserves side that has pulled clear of the drop zone with their fifth win in seven games.

Mark Gilfillan made it 1-0 at the break after he capitalised on keeper Jonny Vaughan’s mis-kick, and Colin Woodcock bagged two in the second half. The only setback for the Bluebirds was the knee injury to Ian Palfreeman, who is now expected to miss the rest of the season.

Shamwickshire Rovers got back to winning ways with a 7-2 win at home to Bradworthy.

The hosts were 6-0 up at half-time, largely thanks to set-piece assists by Ben Evans-Loude, whose free-kicks and long throw-ins set up Sam Schiller (2), Gary Skinner, Gary Buck, Ben Ford and Tom Hayne.

Bradworthy pulled two back after the break and Will Nicholls rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot.

In the Senior Division, Antony Higgs and Quyen Tran scored for leaders Pilton Academicals in a 2-0 win at title rivals Woolsery.

On Sunday, Stuart Cameron (2) and Joe Toop scored for Bratton Fleming in a 3-1 win at Northam. Rob Crump scored for the Lions after Trevor May had missed from the spot.

South Molton picked up six points in a weekend with wins against Barnstaple AAC and Hartland.

On Saturday, Ryan Isaac opened the scoring on 15 minutes and Jamie Giffard doubled the lead three minutes before the break. Opponents Barnstaple Ammies pulled one back two minutes from time at Old Alswear Road.

On Sunday, Giffard found the net three times at Hartland. Sean Dudley-Large, Isaac and Colin Kennerson were also on target for the Images.