Ilfracombe do the double

Joseph Bulmer

Five-star Bluebirds sink 10-men Shammy at Marlborough Park

ILFRACOMBE Town Reserves completed a memorable double over Shamwickshire Rovers with 5-0 at Marlborough Park on Saturday.

The Bluebirds followed up a 1-0 win at the Pollyfield in February with a brace by Mark Gilfillan and singles by Rob Taylor, Colin Woodcock and John Woodcock.

Taylor opened the scoring before Shammy had their goalkeeper sent off for violent conduct after initially handling the ball out of his area.

A man up on their rivals, ‘Combe went on to score four more in the second half, inflicting the biggest defeat on the current champions for at least five seasons.

“We stopped them from playing their game and kept pressing all game,” said delighted Ilfracombe manager Steve Boni.

“I’ve been involved in local football for a long time and I can’t remember anyone ever beating Shammy by five goals.”

Premier Division leaders Boca Seniors maintained their eight-point cushion at the top of the table with a 3-0 win at Bradworthy on Saturday.

After seeing their title hopes fade with a 4-3 defeat at North Road last May, Boca were in no mood to surrender any ground this time round and picked off their opponents through Mark Barrow, Scott Sharp and Kurt Bayliss.

The teams will meet again in the Brayford Cup final next month.

While Richard Shannon has left Boca for Fremington (see the Intermediate Two report), the Seniors have welcomed back defender Darren Hawkings, who has signed for the club on a permanent basis from Southern League side Bideford.