FOUR North Devon League teams and two Peninsula League teams from North Devon made progress through the second round of the Devon Premier Cup on Saturday.
Bideford Reserves produced one of the biggest shocks, returning from a trip to Peninsula League side Axminster with a 1-0 victory.
James Nicholls hit the only goal of the match for the Robins Reserves after 15 minutes and although Axminster enjoyed the best of the possession afterwards and created some good chances, they were unable to break through.
Boca Seniors started their cup campaign in emphatic style, thumping Devon and Exeter side Beer Albion 11-0.
They were 9-0 up at the break with goals by Mark Barrow (3), Jack Jenkins, Kurt Bayliss, Scott Sharp, Mark Gilfillan (2) and Adam Copp, with Sharp adding two more in the second half to also complete his hat-trick.
Putford find the touch
Without a win in the league, Putford found the winning touch with a 2-1 result at home to Marjons.
Matt Coles gave Putford the lead in the first 15 minutes, only for the visitors to pull back level by the break.
But, on the hour, Dan Wilson celebrated his last game for Putford before going off on his travels with the winning goal, following up on a Coles free-kick.
In an evenly matched game, both sides created more chances, but neither were able to make them count.
Torridgeside made progress with a 3-2 result at home to Kingsteignton after extra time.
Rob Holland gave Torridgeside the best possible start with a goal in the first minute as the home side enjoyed the best of the early exchanges.
But the visitors settled and levelled the scores five minutes before the break.
Midway through the second half Torridgeside went ahead again thanks to Jamie Bright, only for the visitors to pull back again with 10 minutes to go.
Mark Bettis finally settled the issue when he broke through to score in the first period of extra time.
North Devon’s winners from the Peninsula league were Appledore, who went through 2-1 away to Devon and Exeter opponents Thorverton with goals by Seth Hodorowski and Sam Fishwick and Holsworthy, who won 1-0 away to fellow Peninsula League opponents Crediton. No goals were scored in normal time in the Holsworthy game, but Nick Aplin found the net in the extra period.
An understrength Braunton bowed out of the cup 2-1 away to Roborough.
With a host of their senior players unavailable, Braunton had to draw on some of their younger players and paid the penalty against the physically strong Plymouth and District side.
Keeper Jamie Matthews was one of those missing, his place between the sticks being taken by reserves team outfield player Toby Bennett.
All looked well at first as an early Dave Mason goal gave Braunton a 1-0 interval lead.
But Roborough equalised shortly after the re-start and hit a high, long-range winner which dropped over the keeper’s head.
Chittlehampton’s match at home to Exmouth started in furious style, with the score 2-2 after just 10 minutes. But it was then Exmouth who stretched ahead, going 4-2 up by the break and then 5-2.
Ciaron Lishman completed his hat-trick to narrow the gap, but two more goals in the closing stages saw Exmouth comfortably through 7-3 against a Chittle side missing a few regulars.
Dolton went 1-0 up after 20 minutes at home to Upton Athletic when a great cross from Dan Stubbings was followed by good header from Tom Robinson. But they made the cardinal sin of conceding straight from the kick-off by not dealing with a hopeful punt. Upton then raised their game and went in 2-1 up at the break
The second half was an end to end affair before Upton sealed their win on 85 minutes with a third goal.
Peninsula League leaders Newton Spurs were too strong for Barnstaple AAC, although the Ammies gave a good account of themselves before conceding 5-1.
First half even
The first half was an even affair, with Spurs netting just before half time for a 1-0 lead. They upped the pace after the break and moved into a 3-0 lead before Oliver Wrigler pulled one back with a good long-range strike. Two late goals extended the home side’s lead.
Bradworthy were eliminated 3-1 away to Okehampton Argyle.
They fell behind in the first quarter-hour and then slipped 2-0 down by the break and 3-0 behind with 20 minutes to go, but deserved their 80th minute consolation goal by Richard Hudson.
Peninsula side Exeter Civil Service proved too much for Shamwickshire Rovers, who returned from the trip beaten 8-0.
The Hatherleigh versus North Molton match was postponed.