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Boca Seniors are North Devon League champions

By NDJMark  |  Posted: May 17, 2014

Boca clinched the title with a 3-0 win at Fremington

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Boca Seniors are the North Devon League champions for the seventh time.

Darren Todd's team clinched the Premier Division title with a 3-0 win at Fremington this afternoon.

Needing just a point to make sure of finishing above Braunton, Boca extended their unbeaten run to 29 games with a committed display.

An own goal from Paul Parkin broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute before clinical finishes from Ciaron Lishman and Elliot Whitecross either side of half time completed the job.

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The visitors survived a nervy opening spell when Lee Capner twice hit the post for Fremmy.

Capner cracked a volley against the post and Simon Larcombe had a header hacked off the line as Fremmy started at a frantic tempo in the heat. 

Matt Deakin then saw a header hit the top of the bar for Boca.

A slick counter-attack brought the breakthrough when Mark Turner tore down the right wing and Scott Sharp's cross was only helped into his own net by Parkin.

Boca keeper Darren Babb tipped a Capner free kick against the post and moments later Fremmy felt aggrieved as Larcombe had a penalty appeal turned down following a challenge from Kurt Bayliss.

Lishman had not been in the game during the early exchanges but nine minutes before half time the former Chittlehampton forward sprang to life in clinical fashion.

Taro Bishop had a looping header cleared off the line by Gary King and when Fremington could only clear to the edge of the box, Lishman beat Jamie Pow with a curling shot in off the post.

There was a reprieve for the home side before half time when a powerful strike from Scott Sharp bounced out off the woodwork.

That same post was rattled again early in the second half with Larcombe the unlucky man this time, following a through-ball from Matt Ford.

It was not Fremmy's day in front of goal and they were  given another harsh lesson in finishing six minutes after the restart.

Whitecross, with 11 goals in his previous three games, showed his confidence with a ruthless strike into the top corner while the home defence dithered.

Boca were well on their way to reclaiming the title they last won in 2012 and it did not matter that Lishman was twice denied by smart saves from Pow at close range. 

The league trophy will be presented to Boca on their final home game against Dolton at the Tarka Tennis Centre on Friday.

After an outstanding season in which they recovered from losing many players to retirement and other clubs, they are aiming to become the first Premier side since Morwenstow in 2005 to go unbeaten for the whole campaign.

Fremington (3-5-2): Jamie Pow; Gary King, Andy Sanders (Jaymie Todd 86), Josh Phillips; Mark Sanders (Darren Roach ht), Paul Parkin, Matt Ford, Ian Wheatley, Lee Capner (Dean Wall 58); Simon Larcombe, Andy King.

Boca Seniors (4-3-3): Darren Babb; Mark Turner, Mark Thorne (George Gwynn 78), Simon Ovey, Kurt Bayliss; Taro Bishop, Jack Jenkins (Ben Whitecross 87), Matt Deakin; Elliot Whitecross, Scott Sharp, Ciaron Lishman (Jimmy Hill 82).   

Referee: Mike Kearney.

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