Magpies scalped in Boca cup hunt

Joseph Bulmer

TEN-men Boca Seniors inflicted more misery on higher league opponents in the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup on Saturday. The North Devon Premier Division team beat South West Peninsula League Division One (West) side Holsworthy 2-1 in round two of the

TEN-men Boca Seniors inflicted more misery on higher league opponents in the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup on Saturday.

The North Devon Premier Division team beat South West Peninsula League Division One (West) side Holsworthy 2-1 in round two of the county cup competition.

Goals by Scott Sharp and Tom Marsh helped add the Magpies' scalp to a growing list of peninsula league casualties including Bovey Tracey, Totnes & Dartington and Exeter Civil Service.

Boca defied the odds to win the competition in 2009; and manager Darren Todd and his side will be buoyed by their bright start in this season's tournament.

In a game switched to Holsworthy due to the AEGON GB Pro-Series Open tennis tournament at the Tarka Tennis Centre, both sides looked to take advantage of the impressive Upcott Field playing surface from the off.

James Davey had chances to break the deadlock for Boca but when Mark Barrow's half-cleared free-kick fell to Sharp, the former Ammies man was there to finish from six-yards.

Sharp was soon red-carded for the use of an elbow, and after Davey was forced to retire through injury, Marsh led the line and rounded the keeper to grab Boca's second on the hour-mark.

The Magpies upped the ante and pulled one back from a corner kick with 15 minutes to play but Boca held on the record another famous victory in the competition.

Other North Devon League sides failed to match Peninsula league opponents. Dolton Rangers were beaten 6-1 by visitors Exmouth Town 2006, while Liverton United beat North Molton 4-0.

Bideford Reserves failed to even put out a side at Plymouth side Vospers Oak Villa, while Putford were narrowly beaten 2-1 at Plymstock United.

There was mixed success for the North Devon sides playing teams from the South Devon Premier League.

Shamwickshire Rovers beat second-from-bottom East Allington 4-1 thanks to goals by Ben Evans-Loude and Andy Allan, while Torridgeside came unstuck at home to Watts Blake Bearne in a 7-0 mauling.

Braunton played some firm but fair football to smash Devon and Exeter Premier Division side Clyst Valley 5-2 on the road.

Mark Harris' men were praised by both the referee and the host club for their sporting approach to the game.

Jake Barwick put the visitors 1-0 up with a shot from outside the box after 15 minutes but Clyst were level on the hour-mark after being awarded what Harris called a "dubious" penalty.

Dan Roberts fired Braunton back in front with a free-kick immediately after the re-start and the hosts were on level terms again when Curtis Netherway deflected a shot into his own net.

After the break, Simon Townsend's though-ball found Roberts, who was still running when he fired Braunton's third with the outside of his left foot.

James Galliford added a fourth from the edge of the box and Elliot Whitecross made it 5-2 with 10 minutes left to play.

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