SHAMWICKSHIRE Rovers needed to go hunting for more than just Easter eggs in North Devon Football's version of grand slam soccer on Saturday. But after cracking up in their must-win game at the hands of title rivals Boca Seniors, it probably wasn't only th

SHAMWICKSHIRE Rovers needed to go hunting for more than just Easter eggs in North Devon Football's version of grand slam soccer on Saturday.But after cracking up in their must-win game at the hands of title rivals Boca Seniors, it probably wasn't only the buns that were hot and cross in East-the-Water at the weekend!At a bitingly cold and wind-swept Pollyfield Centre on Saturday, Gary Ford's team were humiliated by a Boca side that now look odds-on to secure a third straight Premier Division title.Six points clear, and with three games in hand over their closest contenders, they stomped their authority on the game early on, breaking an initial deadlock with two goals against the wind.Richard Shannon skipped free to fire the first of a fine hat-trick after just 15 minutes.Ten minutes later, his corner found Matt Deakin, whose intuitive run towards the near post put the champions two-up.To their credit, Shammy refused to lie down and they cranked up the pressure going into the break without reward. An own goal after the re-start made it 3-0 before Carl Armstrong marauded through from the back to slam home from close range and give his side renewed hope soon after.The resurgence was short-lived. Shannon went down the other end to make it 4-1, and with the game already put to bed, the man-of-the match striker hit his third - and his side's fifth - with a powerful strike minutes later."On a day when we never got going from start to finish, we were beaten by the true champions," conceded Shammy's Nick Braunton."Boca bossed the game from the start to the finish," he added.To add insult to injury, defeat saw Shammy slip to third in the table, as a Pete Varley hat-trick helped Combe Martin sneak into second. Varley had missed a first half penalty and Combe had failed to break down a resilient Hartland before the break. But once the first goal went in, the home side eased themselves into another win in what has been a great first season in North Devon's top flight.In fourth place, Braunton, dished out an 8-0 drubbing to Dolton. Russell Harrison scored a hat-trick, while Elliott Whitecross scored two, and Dean Wall and Curtis Netherway scored one each. Also on the scroresheet was "young old-boy" Paul Rockey, who scored on his first start since returning to the club.Andy James was the scorer for bottom side Northam Lions who narrowly missed out on the points in a 2-1 defeat to high-flying Barnstaple Ammies.And at Georgeham, a Ross Maynard equalizer was not enough to stop Bradworthy marching on to a 3-1 home win.While Kilkhampton were sunk 3-0 at North Molton, Cornish counterparts Morwenstow faired better on their travels with a 2-1 win in Barnstaple against Grosvenor/Lovacott. Despite enjoying most of the possession in the second half, Lovacott couldn't build on a solitary Ben Walters header from a corner kick.Putford continued a good run of form with a 3-1 home win against Appledore Reserves. Chris Pomeroy scored either side of Michael Day's strike to put the Torridge club 3-0 up. Goalkeeper Will Tallamy had already saved twice from the spot to deny the Fishermen a consolation. And he was unlucky to see a strike crash back off the bar - and off his own head - with three minutes to go.In the Senior Division, the championship pendulum took a massive swing in Ilfracombe Town Reserves' favour after they picked three vital points from the pocket of title rivals Torridgeside. 'Combe battled against the wind in the first half with a 5-4-1 formation that still managed to produce the goods up front. Callum Norman and Adam Bryant put the away side 2-1 up going into the break, and Paul Holman made it 3-1 after the re-start. Torridgeside pulled things back to 3-2, but Carl Alsop made the points safe for the leaders.It was a win that tasted even sweeter following news of second-placed Chittlehampton's derby showdown against South Molton. Against the form book, Chittle' slid to a 1-0 home defeat, new signing Vladimir Horak's 55th minute header the difference between the two sides. It was a win that could have gone either way - but one that delighted former 'Chittle player, Molton boss Matthew Parkhouse.At Pilton, Jon Macey had put Northam Lions Reserves 2-0 up with a couple of fine strikes, the first a left foot top corner effort from the edge of the box and the second, his first headed goal in seven years. Aaron Richmond pulled one back five minutes before half-time and James Gregory equalised with 15 to go. Richmond made it 3-2 for the home side with a 40 yard punt that stunned the visitors.At the top of Intermediate One Combe Martin Reserves held onto their 100 per cent record - but were made to work hard for it by battling bottom side Hartland Reserves. Paul Reyner and Daniel Senn clawed goals back for Combe after Sam Mellor had put Hartland ahead.Landkey remain joint top after a 3-1 away win against Equalizers. Morris Charley, Jamie Hutton and Rob Paton were the scorers.Goals by James Vanstone, Mark Pilbrow and Daniel Gray kept Shebbear United in touch with the top of the table in a 3-1 win against North Molton Reserves.Torrington Admirals went 2-0 up with goals from Marc Bettiss and James Cowell before Sporting Barum hit back with three by Chris Earlam, Lee Kerswell, Dan Ferne. The Admirals dusted themselves down to make it 4-3 with further goals by Mark Beer and Darren Parish.Mike Symonds and Gary Wood both scored to give Georgeham Reserves a 2-1 win against Woolsery.Sam Mitchell and Adam Pugsley were on target for Braunton Thirds in their 6-2 defeat at Bude Town. In Intermediate Two, North Molton Thirds secured their first win of the season thanks to goals from Tom Marsh and Tim Perry (2) in a 3-2 victory over Putford Reserves. Rob Sluggett and debut goal by Kevin Hancock were not enough for the visitors.Anchor stayed top of the table thanks to an impressive 5-0 home win against third-placed Buckland Brewer.Torrington Reserves remain in joint second after James Bateman and Jake Scriven both scored in a 2-0 win against Chittlehampton Res.Stephen Flood (2) and Theo Shell were the scorers for Park United in a 3-0 victory at Ilfracombe Town Thirds.And at South Molton Reserves, goals by Dave Isaac and Andy Vernon were not enough for a result against Bradworthy Reserves.