The Braunton versus Boca Seniors battle continued this week with league and cup wins for both protaganists.
While their league battle seems set to go to the very last matches, they are now also destined to meet in the final of the Westward Ho! Cup.
A single goal by James Gallagher midway through the opening half was enough to give Braunton the points at home to Torridgeside on Saturday and put them another step closer to lifting the league trophy.
But nothing less than wins in their final two games against Ilfracombe Reserves and Shamwickshire will ensure that they stay ahead of their arch rivals.
Ilfracombe were their Westward Ho! Cup semi-final opponents on Sunday – and they ran out 2-0 winners with a goal in each half by Scott Maynard and Tom Hunnibell.
Having reached their sixth consecutive Westward Ho! Cup final midweek with a hard-fought 2-1 extra time win over runaway Senior Division champions Bideford Reserves, it was back to league business for Boca on Saturday.
They kept up the pressure on Braunton with a 7-2 win at home to Bratton Fleming.
Boca initially laboured, before eventually running out emphatic victors.
Tom Marsh put them ahead before Matt Scrace responded for Bratton. Jack Jenkins restored their lead with a nicely taken finish just before half-ime.
Marsh capitalised on a defensive error shortly after the restart and his cross was met by Ryan Dempsey to make the score 3-1. The same pair combined again for Dempsey’s second. Matt Beveridge hit another for Bratton, but Matt Deakin added a late brace and Mark Barrow claimed another to wrap up Boca’s win in style.
North Molton’s return to form continued with a 9-1 walloping of Shebbear to put them back in third place.
Alex Lane hit a spectacular hat-trick, with two outstanding free kicks and a third goal from the edge of the box, while left back Luke Turner curled in his first for the club after a tremendous run down the wing and followed up with a headed second. Two more came from James Tapp and Greg Holland netted from the spot.
Dolton and Putford played out a well-matched contest, with nothing between them for 85 minutes. Then Wayne Pomeroy saw his header from a corner saved, but the ball fall to his Putford team-mate Dave Richardson, to tap in from six yards for a 1-0 victory.
Bradworthy went down 2-0 at home to Appledore Reserves on Saturday, but made amends with a 1-0 win at Georgeham and Croyde the next day, thanks to a Ballotelli style goal from Carlo Chandler.
Georgeham and Croyde struggled for players on a two-match weekend and called on a number of their reserves.
As well as their narrow defeat by Bradworthy, they suffered a 3-2 reverse in an entertaining game at home to Barnstaple AAC.
In a well matched game against the Ammies, they had Ben Holmes to thanks for both of their goals, one in each half.
The Ammies went 1-0 up through Oliver Rigler and they led 2-1 at half-time thanks to Curtis Netherway. Then Eddie Yeo made it 3-1 before Georgeham pulled back and only a good save stopped Alex Boyd from grabbing an equaliser in the dying minutes.