This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up

PREMIER

Boca Seniors came out victorious when last season's top two met on the opening weekend of the new North Devon Gazette Football League campaign.

Defending champions Braunton lost out to 2013/14 winners Boca in an entertaining game at the Tarka Tennis Centre, with both sides aiming to be in the mix again come next May.

Jason Jones got Braunton's goal, but it was cancelled out by strikes from Boca attackers Scott Sharp and Elliot Whitecross.

And the champions from 2012/13, Torridgeside, seem in the mood to wrestle back the title this year.

After a fine performance to beat Braunton in last week's Albert Beer Memorial Shield, they put down a marker in the title race by winning 12-0 at Fremington.

It was a showing which even after one game gives them a healthy cushion on goal difference to the rest of the division.

There was little to choose between the sides in each of the other matches played over the opening weekend.

Landkey Town got off to a good start in the premier division, beating Shebbear United by three goals to two.

Danny Hommell showed his quality with two goals, and Ben Taylor was also on target for the home side.

Appledore Reserves put in a good first performance of the season and picked up a 3-1 win at Shamwickshire Rovers.

Appledore's next test - a trip to Torridgeside tonight (Wednesday) may prove slightly more difficult.

The newly-styled Bideford Community FC got off to a winning start by beating Ilfracombe Town.

The team formerly known as Bideford Reserves took all three points thanks to goals from Adam Copp and Steve Skinner.

Chay Isaac scored for Ilfracombe, but once Josh Phillips was sent off the home side were always going to be up against it.

Barnstaple FC and Bradworthy drew 0-0.

SENIOR

Hartland got off to an emphatic start in the senior division by hammering newly-promoted Pilton Academicals.

The 9-2 defeat was a tough lesson on what to expect for Pilton, who finished second in intermediate one last season.

Hartland were in great form, though, and will hope to keep that up when they went to Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves last night (Tuesday).

Chittlehampton will visit Hartland on Saturday.

Chittle, too, kicked off in fine style by recording a 7-1 win of their own.

They beat Shamwickshire Reserves on Saturday, thanks to two goals each from Jordan Hussell and Stuart Mckinnon.

Steve Latham, Jordan Roberts and Mitch Thorne also registered.

Braunton Reserves made a strong start with a 4-1 win at Merton, and there were four goals too for Northam Lions at North Molton Reserves.

Chivenor notched a win in their first senior division match, and there were also wins for Torridgeside Reserves and Putford.

INTERMEDIATE ONE

Four games were played on the opening weekend of the season in intermediate one - but they still produced 18 goals between them.

The highest scorers in the division were Clovelly, who banged five past Torrington Reserves.

It was a hugely entertaining match, with six goals and a red card apiece over the 90 minutes.

Clovelly's goals came from Ashton Donovan (2) and Jack Kirby. Jamie Ousley also scored twice before being sent off for the visitors.

Torrington scored through Josh White, and there was a red card for Devon Brown.

Braunton Thirds put in an imperious performance as they defeated Equalizers 4-0.

Braunton's goals came from Liam Alexander, Toby Bennett, Matt Bull and substitute Liam Cowley.

Haxton Rangers made a bright start to the new season, too, holding off Barnstaple FC Reserves in a five-goal thriller at Bratton Fleming.

They won 3-2 to get the season up and running.

Barnstaple are at home to South Molton tonight (Wednesday).

Appledore Thirds - who were promoted as Appledore Academy from intermediate two last season - also got off to a winning start in intermediate one, beating Landkey Town Reserves by three goals to nil.

Appledore are at home again tonight (Weds), when they host Sporting Barum.

INTERMEDIATE TWO

Not to be outdone by the intermediate one goal glut, intermediate two's four games produced an extraordinary 30 goals.

12 of those came at Combe Martin, where the home team's reserves beat league newcomers Appledore Lions 7-5.

It was a remarkable game, and one which will set the bar very high for excitement for Lions fans this season.

There were a further nine goals at Putford.

Putford Reserves had no answer to the attacking prowess of Bideford Community Reserves, who scored all of the goals to secure a 9-0 win and three points.

Woolsery Reserves got off to a perfect start with a 4-1 home win against Georgeham and Croyde Reserves.

Shaun Winfield scored twice for Woolsery, and Michael Butler and Jack Gatting also netted.

Dean Seville got Georgeham's goal.

Northam Lions Reserves and Fremington Reserves drew 2-2 in their match.