Georgeham and Croyde shock Shamwickshire Rovers in North Devon League
A SURPRISE win at Shamwickshire Rovers lifted Georgeham and Croyde out of the North Devon League premier division relegation zone.
Goals from Connor Stapley and Tim Scott gave the Hammers their result of the season.
After conceding 15 goals in the previous three games, the visitors defended resiliently for a 2-1 triumph.
Whatever Shammy threw at them in the second half, they found goalkeeper Jon Higgs in defiant mood.
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Stapley, home from university for the weekend, fired Georgeham ahead and Scott's shot sneaked through to double the advantage before half time.Higgs denied Adam Halling twice before Mark Jury finally pulled one back.
Shamwickshire's frustration was compounded when Theo Shell was sent off for a second yellow card.
Georgeham have moved four points clear of bottom side Putford who were beaten 1-0 by a first-half header from Peter Gammon at Ilfracombe Town.
The defender went forward at a corner to give Combe their first victory of 2013.
Putford were much improved from last week's defeat at Dolton but Bradley Prouse had an effort cleared off the line and they were unable to beat goalkeeper Rob Holmes.
Eight defeats on the bounce have seen Barnstaple AAC dragged into the mire and they ran into Boca Seniors at the wrong time.
The champions look determined to keep their crown after a 9-1 win inspired by the midfield expertise of Mark Barrow, the captain, who smashed a hat-trick.
Lewis Ovey, Matt Deakin, a ferocious strike from Giles Daniel, Mark Gilfillan (two) and Mark Galliford completed the scoring.
Oliver Rigler pulled one back for the Ammies, who only trailed 2-0 at half time and had chances in the first half.
Braunton are the next opponents for Boca on Sunday and last season's runners-up are also finding their best form.
James Galliford met a corner from Jake Barwick to head them in front against Bradworthy, then two goals from Sam Box wrapped up a 3-0 win.