Barnstaple AAC 4 Boca Seniors 5: Seven wins from the first seven games have seen Boca Seniors emerge as title contenders.
Despite losing 13 players over the summer, Darren Todd's team have retained that familiar ability to win the crucial matches.
In front of a crowd of more than 100, they beat their crosstown rivals for the third time in a month – despite letting a two-goal lead slip.
Lee Fry's own goal and Ciaron Lishman put Boca in charge before Craig Sandle, Wayne Parkhouse and a rasping 30-yard drive from Giles Daniel turned the match, putting Ammies 3-2 up. Jimmy Hill then hit the equaliser and Elliot Whitecross and Lishman scored to put Boca 5-3 clear. Substitute Ed Yeo marked his return from Ilfracombe Town by setting up the fourth Ammies goal for Sandle.
"It was another ding-dong battle, a good advert for North Devon football," said Darren Hollyoak, the Barnstaple AAC manager. "It was a harsh result on us but we are getting closer to them."
With a new-look team, Boca have made their best start to a North Devon League season. "What they lack in skills they make up for in determination and effort," said Todd.
Dolton 2 Fremington 1: A late winner from Will Clark rewarded Dolton for a determined display.
Fremington were without Jamie Pow due to injury and needed an outstanding performance from stand-in keeper Josh Phillips. He saved a first-half penalty from Ben Mardon after Fremmy went ahead with a powerful shot from Lee Capner.
Rangers turned it around in the second half, equalising straightaway when a cross from Elliot Brand sailed in for his third goal in two games.
With Simon Ward having a commanding game in defence, Fremington could not make a succession of corners count.
Sub Clark cracked Dolton's second from the edge of the box and they held out for the win when Simon Larcombe put a late chance over.
"They thoroughly deserved their three points for their attitude and their passion," said John Thompson, the Fremington manager. "They had that in abundance and we didn't."
Georgeham and Croyde 1 Torrington 2: Newly-promoted Torrington are up to third after Danny Jenkins and an own goal gave them a hard-earned win.
Aaron Dymond, the Torrie goalkeeper, went to hospital after gashing his forehead when he collided with the post in the act of making a save.
Defender Shane Hookway took over in goal and the visitors held out despite having Tom Willoughby sent off late on for a last-ditch challenge.
Georgeham, battling with an injury-hit squad, pulled one back with a curling shot from Ross Wakeley and Alex Marks missed a late chance to equalise.
Bideford 2 Torridgeside 2: Darren Parish scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Torrideside as last season's title rivals had to settle for a point apiece.
The visitors dominated the first half with Nathan Walter smashing home from the edge of the box and Marc Bettiss having a goal disallowed.
Bideford produced a strong response as Nathan Bate scrambled the equaliser and Jake England put them 2-1 up direct from a corner.
Torridgeside snatched a draw with the last kick when substitute Parish pounced for his second goal of the season.
Shamwickshire Rovers 4 Chittlehampton 0: Defender Andy Allan scored twice at corners for Shamwickshire. James Bateman put them 2-0 up and Sam Bissett scored the fourth after good work from Lee Evans on his return from Barnstaple FC.
New Chittlehampton manager Simon Lockyer was encouraged by the commitment of his depleted team.
Braunton 3 North Molton 1: Jamie Giffard became the first player to score a league goal against Braunton in eight matches this season. North Molton took a surprise lead but the league leaders hit back through Ross Maynard (penalty), Nathan Knight and a flying header from Joe Seldon.