A FIXTURE backlog did little to illuminate the industrious efforts of Boca Seniors in 2008. But with just one game played so far this year, the 2009 league table is already starting to look like a different prospect for the reigning North Devon League cha
A FIXTURE backlog did little to illuminate the industrious efforts of Boca Seniors in 2008.But with just one game played so far this year, the 2009 league table is already starting to look like a different prospect for the reigning North Devon League champs.A point behind leaders Ilfracombe Town - and with three games in hand - Boca have taken 27 points from a possible 30. And with an away win at fellow title contenders Combe Martin on Saturday, they look to be back on course for more success this season.On a frosty pitch that made conditions difficult, Boca took a second-minute lead when Richard Shannon successfully rounded the keeper.Elliot Whitecross equalised for the home side with a low hard shot from around 25-yards on the half-hour mark; but after the break, Boca took an early lead again, Shaun Ley heading home from Mark Barrow's corner. And the half continued to mirror the first when Whitecross found the net again in the 75th minute.A draw looked on the cards, but seven minutes from time, Taro Bishop kept a cool head to slot home after being put through by sub Jake Crush.Five minutes later, they got their fourth when Mark Barrow scored for the fifth game in a row, his 11th of the season. In the Senior Division, Pilton Academicals defied the icy conditions to play some fine passing football at a frozen Burrough Farm, Northam. But after going into the dressing room 1-0 up through Tony Higgs, the referee abandoned the game due to the increasingly cold conditions that he deemed had made the pitch unplayable.Also in the division, Bideford Reserves continued their good run with a 5-1 victory over Barnstaple AAC Reserves in front of a large crowd at the Sports Ground.Looking like a side that are enjoying their football, the Robins went in front within a minute of the start when Oli Cole headed from a corner.Despite losing skipper Richard Chumbley through injury early on, they continued to dominate and doubled their lead with Ian Keen's unstoppable drive. Sam Schiller added a third with one of the best goals seen at the Sports Ground this season. He received a pass with his back to goal, chested it down, turned and volleyed a cracking effort into the top corner from 20-yards.Steve Isaac pulled one back for the Ammies, but in the second half, Elliot Macdonald chipped the keeper from 25-yards and Hector Christie added a fifth, five minutes from time.In Intermediate One, Landkey went back to the top of the table on goal difference after a 3-1 win against Equalizers. Jamie Hutton and Kieron Haywood took advantage of defensive mistakes to give the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead. Andrew Parkhouse pulled one back after the re-start but despite enjoying good spells of possession, his side couldn't find the leveller. Martin Elston's volley secured the points for Landkey.Mark Lee and veteran Robert Ashton (2) scored Park United's goals in a 3-1 win against Northam Lions Reserves.Braunton Thirds could only manage a 2-2 draw at Sporting Barum despite taking the lead twice. With the pitch just about playable, Martin McDonald put the Seasiders ahead after five minutes before Kevin Hambleton slotted home the equaliser five minutes later.Braunton blasted a penalty kick it over the bar before making it 2-1 with a goal by 16-year-old Johnny Shury. But Lee Byrne's looping shot from 35 yards just before half-time was enough to give Sporting their first point in six games.In Intermediate Two, Andy Woodman, Chris Bulled and Howard Dennis scored three second-half goals for Mortehoe in a 3-1 home win against Pilton Academicals Reserves. Gary Grant scored the consolation for the Accies.