Busy onion bags for North Devon footballers

The North Devon Football League standings are starting to take shape and Boca Seniors are already the team to beat in the Premier Division.

The Boca boys traveled to Park United on Saturday and an NDFL classic between two teams that had a league-high 100% before kick-off. Boca emerged 3-2 winners, thanks to goals from Liam Hawkins, Ciaron Lishman and Craig Sandle. Park scorers were Stephen Skinner and David Brown.

Shamwickshire Rovers have played one game less than Boca Seniors but also boast a perfect record of six wins from six league games, the last of which was a 6-1 demolition of Hartland Clovelly.

Charles Allman, Sam Bissett and Gerish Waldron were on target for the Appledore Lions in their 3-1 loss to Combe Martin, with Tom Goldsworthy scoring the consolation for the visitors. Ryan Thomas scored a stunning hat-trick for Kilkhampton in the confident 4-1 victory at Chittlehampton.

There was a great game at North Molton 2nds, who hit the net through Alfie Nicholls and Jake Knapman, but it wasn’t enough to stop Braunton 2nds, who went down 4-2 winners, thanks to goals from Ross Drury, Robert Morgan, Cameron Shaw and Connor Stapley.

Todd Peschke bagged a brace for Senior Division leaders Holsworthy 2nds in the 3-1 win at Torridgeside 2nds, while there was a gem of a hat-trick from Steve Diamond, as Ilfracombe Town 2nds defeated Sandymere Blues 6-1. Ryan Crompton, Brandon Lace, Claudio Pinto and Oaklan Clarke were on target in a 4-1 win for Barum United over Braunton 3rds.

Barnstaple Town crashed out of the FA Vase after a 2-0 defeat at Wellington and will seek an immediate response when they host Mousehole on Saturday, which is a huge game in the Toolstation Western League, as a two-goal win for Barum les would rise above their visitors and up to fifth place in the table.

Ilfracombe Town unfortunately did not have a game this weekend. They were due to face Bitton but the Gloucestershire club made the reluctant decision to pull out of the League. The Bluebirds travel to No. 3 Shepton Mallett on Saturday.

It was a great weekend for Torrington AFC Super Greens, who beat Newton Abbot Spurs 3-2 in a terrific Peninsula League clash. Carlo Chandler will claim Torrington’s first goal, although he likely hit a visiting defender on his way to the net.

Spurs fought back but the game was only briefly level as Lewis Cornish found space on the edge of the box to fire in a second for the Super Greens. Torrington extended their lead after the break, Dan Wilson completed a George Bartlett assist and Newton’s consolation failed to dampen the home fun.

Despite failing to get on the scoresheet, Torridgeside came back from Honiton Town with a very satisfying 0-0 draw. Torridgeside travel to Crediton United on Friday night, Torrington host Elmore on Saturday and Holsworthy will be at Sidmouth Town.

In the Devon Football League, it was a difficult weekend for the North Devon teams. Barnstaple Town reserves lost 4-1 to leaders Beer Albion and Fremington suffered a 3-2 loss at home to Feniton. Goals from Ollie Stevens and Bradley Williams gave North Molton Sports Club a 2-0 win at Appledore in the North Devon derby.

This weekend the Barnstaple Town reserves will travel to Feniton and Fremington to Thorverton. Appledore in action at the Devon Cup at home to Lakeside Athletic, as North Molton host Paignton Saints.

The draw has been made for the third round of the A&S Paving Devon Intermediate Cup, with the matches to be played this weekend: Braunton 4th against Lifton; Broadhempston United v Kinglsye Wizards; Kingsley Park v Bovey Tracey 2nd; Merton v Kingstoneignton Athletic 2nd; Northam Lions v Sandford 2nd; The Heart of Oak against Shamwickshire Rovers 2nd; Watcombe Wanderers 2nd v Bideford AFC 2nd; Whipton & Pinhoe v AFC Dumnonii.

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