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Matt Deakin aims for one more league title with Boca Seniors

By NDJMark  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

By Mark Jenkin

Matt Deakin aims for one more league title with Boca Seniors

Matt Deakin is hoping for a seventh North Devon League title with Boca Seniors before retiring

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Matt Deakin is aiming to complete a magnificent seven titles with Boca Seniors – then hang up his boots.

The midfielder has won the North Devon League Premier Division title six times with the Barnstaple club.

At the age of 37, he has played a key role again this season, scoring 21 goals and keeping Darren Todd’s team in contention despite losing several players from previous campaigns.

Deakin initially retired at the end of 2011-12, the season when Boca clinched the championship on the final day having pulled back a 16-point deficit on Braunton.

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“Toddy persuaded me to come back,” he said. “When you go down and watch you want to start playing again.

“I always say I’m going to retire but I think I will at the end of the season. I think this is it now. I’m planning to do other things.”

Deakin, who scored in the 6-0 win over Bradworthy on Saturday, wants to spend more time working on his house and coaching youth football.

He is expecting another close battle with old rivals Braunton over the final weeks.

The two sides meet in a potential decider on April 22 but both have difficult games to come against Torrington, Torridgeside and Fremington.

“I think it will come down to the wire again,” said Deakin.

“I have got no worries playing the bigger sides. I think we come alive a bit more. Sometimes playing the lesser teams we don’t get up for it.

“We’ll keep playing and training hard. That’s all you can do.”

Deakin inspired Barnstaple Town to victory over Hatherleigh Town in the Devon Veterans Cup final.

Although he is talking about calling it a day, his energy and fitness still cause problems for much younger defenders in the North Devon League.

“I’m never sitting still,” said Deakin. “When I was younger I used to hate training. I probably still do a little bit but when you get older you have got to train. You can’t miss it.”

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