Reigning champions Boca Seniors continued on their merry way with a 6-0 win at Dolton – thanks to goals from five ‘new boys’.
Mark Barrow scored from the penalty spot and was the only established player to score as new players Mike Cowell (2), Joe Toop, Mark Gilfillan and Adam Copp all scored their first goals for the club.
The scoreline was a little harsh on their game opponents. At half-time there was only one goal in it, but after Boca stretched this to 3-0 after 75 minutes the contest was over.
“Full credit to the champions for giving us a lesson on taking chances,” said a Dolton spokesman. “Dolton must learn to defend better as a team, because our performance was really good. I would like to feel that Boca think the scoreline was somewhat flattering. We are playing some really good stuff and matched them for long periods of the game.”
Dolton were themselves in the goals midweek, winning 8-4 at home to Shebbear United.
Braunton sit at the top of the Premier Division. After unexpectedly dropping a point in a 2-2 midweek draw at home to Barnstaple AAC they came back on Saturday with a 5-3 win away to Appledore Reserves.
Ammies harried and chased hard to earn their point. Callum Norman gave Braunton the lead, but the Ammies drew level and after their hosts missed a penalty chance, slotted home one of their own to lead 2-1 at the break. An under-par Braunton had to wait until the final minute for Sam Box to put them back on level terms.
At Appledore it all looked much easier as Braunton raced to a 3-0 lead with goals by Josh Pearce, James Galliford and Sam Box.
But an Appledore squad virtually re-built following a move up to first team duty for a number of their player, stuck to their guns and produced some good football of their own. They pulled a goal back before half-time and another shortly afterwards, but were punished for defensive errors as Braunton stayed consistently in front despite the Fishermen’s determined efforts.
Louis Wilkins netted two for Appledore and Joe Kelly one, while Braunton added to their score with second half goals by Darryl Reed and Sam Box.
Shamwickshire shook off their narrow opening match defeat to chalk up two wins in a week.
They were 2-1 midweek winners away to Appledore Reserves with goals by Tom Barton and Theo Shell, before Matt Ross pulled one back.
They followed up with a 1-0 result at Georgeham on Saturday, courtesy of second team manager Dean Tucker, who came on in the second half to score the only goal and remove fears that Shammy would pay for missed opportunities in a good opening half.
Newly-promoted Chittlehampton chalked up their first win in three Premier outings. Despite missing players at the weekend they went 3-0 up by half-time away to Shebbear United
and made it 4-0 shortly afterwards with goals by Keiron Lishman, Jordan Hussell and Prince Sexon. Shebbear were restricted to a consolation goal near the end.
North Molton’s game was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. But a 2-0 win at home to Chittlehampton midweek sees them in second spot on goal difference behind Braunton, with eight goals from two games and none against.