AFTER an uncharacteristically shaky start to the season, Georgeham are beginning to lay the building blocks of success. Big wins against rivals Combe Martin, Shamwickshire and Braunton have already helped inspire manager Ed Short s side to something near

AFTER an uncharacteristically shaky start to the season, Georgeham are beginning to lay the building blocks of success. Big wins against rivals Combe Martin, Shamwickshire and Braunton have already helped inspire manager Ed Short's side to something nearing its potential. And a 3-0 Brayford Cup victory against high-flying Ilfracombe Reserves on Saturday will have done much to cement the Hammers' confidence going into the business end of the season.For 90 minutes they outplayed their hosts, limiting 'Combe to a handful of shots from distance.At half-time, Georgeham went in one-up after Mike Symonds found himself in the right place at the right time to tap in a fumbled effort on 20 minutes.An identical effort with a quarter of the match to play gave the Hammers a 2-0 advantage before Jack Walker cut in from the right to fire in off the far post to make it 3-0 five minutes from time. Georgeham will play the winners of this weekend's tie between Appledore Reserves and Boca Seniors.The Fishermen will be looking to avenge a 3-2 league defeat when the sides clash for the second time in seven days, this time at Marshford. Appledore were unlucky not to take anything from Saturday's game that was switched to Rock Park because of an unplayable pitch at the Tarka Tennis Centre.Two-one up at half-time through Matt Bolton and Ben Boswell goals, another result looked on the cards for the side with a recent history of chipping away at the champions.Mark Barrow had already found the top corner with a superb left-footed chip in the first half. And after Boca were read the riot act by manager Darren Todd at half-time, it was Barrow who pulled things level again with his 17th goal in his last 10 appearances.At 2-2, the home side pushed for a winner with man-of-the-match Matt Deakin pulling most of the strings. Daniel Mackie and Mike Cowell both went close, but Richard Shannon's strike secured the points for the leaders. Boca's Devon Premier Cup semi-final against Exeter Civil Service has been confirmed for Saturday, February 21. The game will be played at Witheridge FC, kick-off 2pm.