Bideford’s first home game in Evo-Stik League South West since January 6 ended in a heavy defeat this afternoon (Saturday).
The Robins were beaten 4-0 by visitors Kidlington at the Sports Ground.
Connor McDonagh ran riot in his first start since signing from Banbury United, scoring a hat-trick that started with Kidlington’s opener in first half stoppage time.
Mark Janes doubled their lead with a superb strike before McDonagh wrapped things up for the visitors, breezing through the Bideford defence for goals in the 76th and 91st minutes.
The result puts Bideford 11th in League South West, with their opponents on Saturday now a place below them.
McDonagh’s opener in first half stoppage time was the only real piece of action in an otherwise scrappy half.
Ryan Turner’s loose ball was mopped up and played through to the striker, who managed to evade an offside flag and push the ball past an onrushing Oliver before firing in from an angle.
It was a frustrating end to the half for the Robins, who had seen Ben Seymour and Sean Downing both go close to giving Bideford the lead earlier in the half.
Downing had struck the side netting after Ben Carter forced a save from goalkeeper Sam Worrell. Seymour had fired off target inside 15 minutes after being teed up by Downing.
The visitors almost scored a carbon copy of their opener immediately after the break, but this time McDonagh was forced too wide to get a shot on target.
In the end it was Janes who doubled the lead less than 10 minutes later. Getting the ball on the left flank, the striker cut inside before bending in a superb effort past Oliver’s outstretched hand and into the top corner.
With the score at 2-0, Bideford had chances to get back in the game. Matt Bye was teed up by Seymour, but saw his effort blocked. Minutes later the captain’s long free kick sailed through to Kevin Squire at the back post, but the substitute’s shot on the half-volley was wide.
McDonagh put the game to bed with 14 minutes remaining, getting the ball in the box and knocking it all too easily past Steven Reed before firing a low shot past Oliver.
The striker completed his hat-trick in stoppage time, muscling his way through on goal before producing another clinical finish.
Bideford: Oliver, Sampson, Reed, Downing, Beattie, Harrison, Bye, Carter (Mehew 73), Turner (Squire 48), Seymour (Western 83), Key. Sub not used: Hancox.
Kidlington: Worrell, Odhiambo, Castle, Brown, Franklin, Gabbidon, Benjamen (Whitehead 64), Williams, Janes (Quanton 84), McDonagh, Bell (Browne 77).