TITLE-chasing Shamwickshire suffered a surprise setback with a 4-1 Premier Division defeat at home to Appledore Reserves on Saturday. Their first defeat in 17 games leaves Shammy now two points behind leaders Boca Seniors, both having played the same numb

TITLE-chasing Shamwickshire suffered a surprise setback with a 4-1 Premier Division defeat at home to Appledore Reserves on Saturday.Their first defeat in 17 games leaves Shammy now two points behind leaders Boca Seniors, both having played the same number of games.Behind the top pair Combe Martin and Braunton remain third and fourth after playing out a 3-3 draw.Ilfracombe Town Reserves stretched their lead in the Senior Division with a 5-1 win at home to South Molton which takes them four points clear.High Bickington sprang the surprise of the division when the bottom team beat fourth-placed Pilton Academicals 2-1 for only their second victory of the campaign.Hartland Reserves, who are bottom of Intermediate One, also gave a sterling performance before conceding 1-0 to title-chasing Shebbear United.Torrington Reserves maintained their unbeaten record after 13 games in Intermediate Two with a 4-1 result at home to Putford Reserves.But perhaps the biggest festive celebrations were saved for North Molton Thirds, who chalked up their first point of the season with a 4-4 draw at home to Bratton Fleming Reserves.Premier: Boxing Day -Morwenstow 8, Kilkhampton 1.Saturday - Putford 5, Grosvenor 1; Combe Martin 3, Braunton 3; North Molton 1, Barnstaple AAC 0; Shamwickshire 1, Appledore Res 4; Dolton 2, Bradworthy 5.Senior: Saturday-Torridgeside 1, Torrington 1; Barnstaple AAC Res 3, Shamwickshire Res 2; Ilfracombe Res 5, South Molton 1; High Bickington 2, Pilton Academicals 1.Intermediate One: Saturday -Hartland Res 0, Shebbear Utd 1; Woolsery 0, Equalizers 0; Braunton Thirds 0, North Molton Res 2.Intermediate Two: Saturday - North Molton Thirds 4, Bratton Fleming Res 4; Buckland Brewer 4, North Lions Thirds 1; Torrington Res 4, Putford Res 1.