BRAYFORD cup holders Boca Seniors took their first step towards making in three seasons in a row with a 2-0 win away to Dolton.
The young Dolton side did not make it easy for them, restricting Boca to a goal in each half, from Mark Barrow and Mark Gilfillan, but the holders showed that bit of class when it was needed.
Dolton manager Neil Batty was well pleased with their efforts, however. “It was a good effort from my boys and if they carry on like this, we will be alright,” he said.
Last season’s runners-up Ilfracombe Reserves will go no further this year after a 3-2 reverse at home to Shamwickshire
In a tit-for-tat start Shammy opened with a goal on the half hour with a Sam Schiller free kick deflected off Shaun Brown into the corner. Combe came back in similar style when namesake Sam Brown saw his free kick also deflected to wrongfoot the keeper and go into the net for 1-1 at half-time.
Shammy seemed in control early in the second half, only for Ilfracombe to break away and Andros Stavrinou lobbed the keeper to make it 2-1.
Sam Bissett pinged one in from 18 yards to make it level again. Combe lost their keeper to a red card before good movement by Adam Halling laid the ball to James Bateman and his cross was well met by Theo Shell for a headed matchwinner.
Semi-finalists last year, Georgeham and Croyde came through the first round with a 5-4 win at home to Barnstaple AAC.
They looked to be cruising at 4-1 and 5-2 before the Ammies came storming back with two goals for a nailbiting finish.
Alex Marks opened the scoring for Georgeham with a 30-yarder and others came from a Tom Heard hat-trick and one from Chris Gaffney. Ammies hit back through Andrew Davie,
Josh Marinaro and Marcus Mahoney (2), but were unable to force the game into extra time.
It took extra time to separate Bradworthy and Braunton in their cup encounter, with Braunton finally winning the day 3-2 despite having men missing because of player Tom Hunnibell’s wedding.
But their stand-ins did them proud, Steve Burley coming up from the reserves to knock in two of their goals and 16-year-old Nathan Knight setting up two with his crosses.
Burley netted the first after picking up a Knight cross and the youngster rounded the defence again to pitch in another for James Galliford to make it 2-0. But the legs of some stand-in Braunton players who had not been in action for a while began to tire as Bradworthy pulled back to 2-2 with a brace of goals by Bartosz Ochim on a trip down from his new home in Taunton.
Braunton hung on, however, and in the last period of extra time Jake Barwick put the ball across the box for Burley to knock in the winner.
A hard fought local derby between North Molton and Chittlehampton was decided by the odd goal of five.
Molton went 2-0 ahead before Chittle pulled back to level, only for Molton to have the final say.
Jamie Gifford netted twice and Greg Holland netted the other for Molton, who lost Tyson Chugg with a broken foot, but saw some good performances, including by debutant midfielder Andrew Alexander.
Josh Wren and Nico Phieffer scored the Chittle goals.
Shebbear made 3-1 progress at the expense of visiting Putford, whose score came courtesy of an own goal.