BRAUNTON’S cup ran over at the weekend as they made progress in both the Brayford and Torridge Cup competitions.
The hopes of holders Boca Seniors winning the Brayford Cup yet again were ended with a 3-1 defeat at Braunton on Saturday.
Sam Box and keeper Jamie Matthews were the heroes of the hour with the winning goals.
Box gave Braunton the opening goal before Mark Barrow pulled Boca level from the penalty spot.
The came a bizarre goal from Matthews, whose wind-assisted clearance kick bounced over the Boca defence and also defeated their keeper to put Braunton 2-1 in front at the break.
Box widened the gap after the break with his second, but James Galliford was unable to put away a penalty chance to make it more.
Next day came a 4-1 win against Shebbear in the Torridge Cup, all four of the Braunton goals coming from Steve Burley.
Unbeaten Premier Division leaders Bideford Reserves met Appledore Reserves for the second week running and another close encounter this time ended in a 4-4 league draw in a match played in a notably sporting manner.
Appledore went 2-0 up before a Bideford free kick brought it back to 2-1 at the break.
Referee Nigel Cockwill praised Appledore for their sportsmanship in giving Bideford a free run at goal after scoring for a third time. Bideford keeper Peter Ellis injured his ankle coming out for the ball and although play stopped, an oncoming Appledore forward was not aware of the situation and put the ball into the empty net.
Cockwill said he could not disallow the goal, but praised Appledore for their sportsmanship in allowing Bideford to walk the ball back up the pitch for a goal at the other end.
From 3-2 up, the Fishermen then pushed 4-2 ahead before Bideford struck back with two goals in the final quarter-hour.
Rob Avery, Mark Clarke, Hallum Cook and Mike Jones were the Appledore scorers, with Bideford replying through Aaron Stephens, Will Nicholls, Jake Shambrook and Sam Stephens.
Torridgeside on top
Unbeaten Torridgeside were just too strong for Dolton, who tried hard collectively, but never seriously troubled their visitors’ goal.
Goals in first 20 minutes by Jamie Bright and Paddy Ions gave Torridgeside a 2-0 half-time advantage and although Dolton gave a battling second half display they never threatened and Rob Holland capitalised on a defensive mistake in final minute to give the visitors a 3-0 win.
Shamwickshire and Bradworthy battled out a 3-3 stalemate that felt more like a defeat for Shammy, having put themselves 3-0 up, only to let the points slip in the final 25 minutes.
Corners proved productive for Shammy. Andy Allin opened the scoring in the first quarter-hour when he scrambled the ball in following a corner kick and Tom Willoughby met a second to make it 2-0 by half-time.
Just after the hour and Adam Halling headed home a third from another Shammy corner and they were cruising. But a 25-yard free kick started the Bradworthy fight back and they snatched a draw with goals by Tudor Placinta (2) and Lee Clarke.
Chittlehampton and Ilfracombe Reserves also shared the points with a 2-2 draw.
Cortt Hewitt put visiting Ilfracombe in front, only to fall 2-1 down by the break as Chittle goal Josh Wren and Nick Parkin struck back for Chittle.
Ilfracombe battled hard for the equaliser in the second half and it came 10 minutes from time by Andros Stavrinou.
Putford and Georgeham also finished all square at 1-1. Tommy Heard gave Georgeham the lead with their first meaningful attack, but Putford were level 10 minutes before the break with an equaliser from Jamie Ashton and there it stayed. While Georgeham enjoyed more of the possession Putford claim the better chances.
Next day there were goals galore as Putford made Torridge Cup progress with a 5-3 win over Morwenstow.
Morwenstow struck first, but a 10 minute purple patch just before half time brought Putford goals by Matt Cole, Dave Richardson and Bradley Prouse to turn the tables in their favour. Although Morwenstow pulled one back straight from the re-start, a diving header by Richardson and a header from a corner by Tom Boundy pushed Putford 5-2 ahead before a long-range shot added Morwenstow’s third.
Barnstaple AAC felt they had dominated the opening half of their match at Shebbear, but found themselves 2-0 down, undone by a set piece and a long ball.
They pulled one back with an Andrew Davey header on the hour, but late pressure failed to bring another.