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

PREMIER

Boca Seniors opened their account for 2015 on Saturday with a 4-2 win at Park United.

The win keeps them top of the Premier Division, though they now only lead Braunton on goal difference.

Due in no small part to postponements over recent weeks, the win was Boca’s first since December 13.

Their goals on Saturday came from Matt Deakin, Kurt Bayliss, Ciaron Lishman and Elliot Whitecross.

Although the win was enough to keep them top, their advantage was trimmed to just seven goals after Braunton thrashed Shamwickshire Rovers.

Both teams came into the game on a good run of form, but it was the class of this Braunton side which shone through at the weekend.

Apart from their two defeats at the hands of Boca this season, Braunton have won all 13 of their other matches.

And they were 6-1 winners on Saturday, with the goals scored by Ross Maynard, Scott Maynard, Joe Seldon, Simon Townsend, Alan Woodcock and an own goal.

Joe Barker scored a consolation goal for Shamwickshire, but his side were well beaten.

Torrington’s streaky season stayed true to form, too, with them following up a first win in almost two months with an impressive 5-0 victory at home to Barnstaple FC.

Torrington have still to draw a game this season - having won nine and lost eight - and have made a habit of yo-yoing from good form to bad.

Although currently seventh, Fremington are now just four points off third place after another win at the weekend.

They were made to work hard for the points at bottom-of-the-table Shebbear United, but eventually came away with a 3-2 victory.

They could continue their climb up the table when they entertain Bideford Reserves this Saturday.

Ilfracombe picked up an important three points at Appledore Reserves, helping them to move well clear of relegation trouble.

Combe are now 11 points clear of 14th placed Barnstaple AAC.

They won 3-1 at the weekend, but will be second favourites this Saturday when they travel to Braunton.

Boca, meanwhile, will expect to win when they visit Bradworthy.

SENIOR

The North Devon Football League’s final unbeaten record went this weekend as Woolacombe and Mortehoe fell to defeat at Woolsery.

Woolacombe came unstuck at South Park, losing 3-2 thanks to goals from Mischa Howe, Alan Shaw and Jack Smallridge.

At the top of the table, having lost for the first time at Georgeham two weeks ago, Landkey Town appear to be well and truly back on track.

They made it two wins in a row by beating Merton 4-0 on Saturday to make it 12 wins in 14 games overall for the season.

Landkey still can’t shake off Braunton Reserves’ challenge, though, and they stayed level on points with a 5-1 win at Northam Lions.

New arrival CJ Roberts scored two minutes into his debut for Braunton, with further strikes coming from Johny Shury, James Macdonald, Jed Pearce and Macaully Skinner.

Next weekend will see Landkey play their game in hand, though, and if they are able to overcome fourth-placed Hartland they could open a three-point gap at the top.

Torridgeside Reserves’ season continues to get better, with a 5-0 win on Saturday making it 19 points from a possible 21 for them.

Saturday’s victims were Chittlehampton, whose run of three wins in a row was ended abruptly.

Combe Martin earned only their third win of the season, beating Putford by five goals to two.

INTERMEDIATE ONE

Clovelly were the top scorers on another high-scoring weekend in Intermediate One, putting 12 past a beleaguered Northam Lions Reserves.

The impressive 12-1 win saw them climb to fourth in the table, hauling themselves into the reckoning for a promotion spot in the process.

They are now eight points off second-placed Chivenor, with a game in hand.

Clovelly meet Pilton Academicals in a vital clash in the battle for promotion this Saturday.

There was an emphatic response from leaders Barsntaple AAC Reserves following their defeat to Pilton, as Ammies comprehensively beat Sporting Barum 4-0 in a top-of-the-table clash.

Ammies won for only the second time since the turn of the year, with the win helping them to open a 10-point gap atop the Intermediate One table.

Sporting dropped to third after Chivenor scraped a 1-0 win in the weekend’s other big fixture, away at Pilton.

Chivenor have a superior goal difference to Ammies, and with three games in hand they will fancy their chances of mounting a serious title charge.

Ilfracombe Reserves moved up to sixth with an 8-0 drubbing of Torrington Reserves.

The goals flew in from Joe Alcock, Adam Bryant, Marc Bryant, Kye Goodman (2), Colin Woodcock, Will Berry and an own goal.

Two other games yielded eight goals, with Haxton Rangers beating Braunton Thirds 5-3 and Equalizers winning 6-2 at home to Morwenstow.

High Bickington went eighth with a 3-2 win over Barnstaple FC Reserves.

INTERMEDIATE TWO

League leaders Bideford Academy were beaten by a goal to nil at Woolacombe Reserves on Saturday.

Their status as leaders now looks seriously under threat, as they have played more games than any of the eight teams immediately below them.

Appledore Academy, meanwhile, cut the gap at the top to six points with a comfortable 7-1 win at Landkey Reserves.

Third-placed Fremington Reserves lost, though, going down 6-3 at Hartland Reserves.

Putford Reserves and Anchor Chiefs Reserves both recorded high-scoring victories, with Putford beating Lynton and Lynmouth 4-3 and Anchor Chiefs overcoming South Molton 4-2.

Georgeham and Croyde played out a goalless draw at home to Woolsery Reserves.