Wanderers stay top as champions Boca drop points for the second time in a week

BRAUNTON maintained their place at the top of the North Devon Gazette Premier Division table without even kicking a ball at the weekend.

A 4-1 mid-week win against second placed Ilfracombe Town Reserves provided Mark Harris’ side with all the breathing space they needed to enjoy a Saturday afternoon off.

Jake Barwick, Graham Green, Russell Harrison and Callum Norman all scored in the Wednesday night win at Marlborough Park.

Pate Varley bagged the only goal for the Bluebirds, who returned to winning ways with a 4-0 victory against Torrington on Saturday. Varley was again among the scorers, as was Pete Gammon, Mark Gilfillan and Carl Power.

‘Come retained second spot after Boca Seniors were held to their second consecutive weekend draw.

The champions were in imperious form on Wednesday night with a 9-0 win against Come Martin, Tom Marsh (4) Scott Sharp (3) Richie Joslin and Ross Maynard the scorers. But they had to come from behind to rescue a point against Torridgeside at Donnacroft on Saturday.

Marc Bettiss scored all four for the hosts, while doubles by Mark Barrow and Scott Sharp helped overturn a 4-2 deficit with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Matt Downing scored a hat-trick for fifth-placed Shamwickshire Rovers in a 5-1 win at Georgeham & Croyde. Andy Allan and Sam Schiller were also on target for Shammy, while Alex Marks scored the consolation for the Hammers.

In the Senior Division, Park United rounded off a miserable week for South Molton with an 11-1 mauling at Sandymere. Pilton Academicals put eight past the Images in midweek but Park went even better with Dave Brown (4) Kevin Buck (3), Steve Skinner (2) and Matt Lewis all among the goals.

Josh Hicks scored the consolation for Molton.

In the match between the division’s two promoted clubs, Wrey Arms and Lynton & Lynmouth shared the points in a 1-1 draw at the Tarka Tennis Centre. Daniel Dayman and Tommy Mirow were the scorers.

In Intermediate One, leaders Fremington dropped points for the first time this season with a 2-2 draw at home to second placed Merton.

Relegated Hartland got more points on the board with a 4-4 draw at Sporting Barum. Richard Davey scored a hat-trick and Daniel Slee was also on target for Hartland.

In Intermediate One, leaders Fremington dropped points for the first time this season with a 2-2 draw at home to second placed Merton.

Relegated Hartland got more points on the board with a 4-4 draw at Sporting Barum. Richard Davey scored a hat-rick and Daniel Slee was also on target for Hartland.

In Intermediate Two, Jack Coleman, Richard Shearing and Charlie Wickfield scored as Hartland Reserves made it three from three with a 3-1 win against Northam Lions Thirds.

Barnstaple FC stay top with a 6-2 win at Braunton Fourths and Torridgeside Reserves sit just behind them on goal difference following their 3-2 win against Georgeham & Croyde Res, Sam Pett, Adrian Sealey, William Taylor the scorers for Torrie.

Anchor Chiefs stay third despite dropping points in a 2-2 home draw with Chittlehampton Reserves.

Neil Challis and Steve Parish scored the goals for the Chiefs, who beat AFC Anchor Reserves 7-2 in midweek.

Captain Shaun Hastings scored a hat-trick in the Wednesday night match, with other goals coming from Shayne Voisey (2), Mick Harrison and Steve Parish.

Terry Hollingsworth and Mark Webber both scored for AFC Anchor.

Buckland Brewer came overcame a 3-1 deficit with only a quarter of the match left to play against Pilton Academicals Reserves.

The Accies looked to be cruising to victory with goals by new signing Jon Blundell (2) and re-signing Sam Hommell. But two late strikes and an 89th minute penalty give Brewer a 4-3 win.