Bideford v Wimborne Town: Robins suffer second consecutive Evo-Stik League South West defeat
PUBLISHED: 18:04 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 25 September 2017
Robins beaten 2-1 by Wimborne Town on return to league action
Bideford suffered their second consecutive league defeat this afternoon (Saturday) after losing 2-1 at home to Wimborne Town in Evo-Stik South West.
The Robins let a one-goal lead slip to go three games without a win in all competitions.
Craig Duff gave the home side the lead after 18 minutes, with Luke Burbidge equalising 10 minutes later.
Burbidge became the provider for Wimborne’s second, with his free-kick met and converted by James Stokoe shortly after the hour mark.
Sean Joyce’s side will now have to dust themselves down for their third game in seven days on Tuesday evening – an Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round replay at home to Bodmin Town.
The Robins were pegged back in the initial cup tie on Wednesday night by a goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time, and the after-effects of the result were plain to see in the first half against Wimborne.
The visitors enjoyed a far better opening period, with Luke Holmes, Burbidge, Jack Lovell and Sam Bayston causing problems for the Robins’ defence from the off.
Keeper Steve Oliver saved well to keep Holmes out after 15 minutes after he cut into the penalty area and fired a low shot at goal. Minutes earlier the midfielder’s corner saw Matty Oldring head just wide of the post.
It was therefore against the run of play when Duff gave the home side the lead after 18 minutes.
The striker brought down a headed ball from Sean Downing in the middle of the penalty area before slotting the ball under keeper Gerald Benfield. A hamstring injury forced Duff off the pitch five minutes later, with Kevin Squire replacing him.
The visitors continued to put pressure on the Bideford goal, and they were rewarded after 28 minutes.
Holmes put in a deep cross from the left channel – one which Oliver chose not to try and lay claim to. The keeper was punished by Burbidge, who met the ball at the far post and blasted the ball into the net.
Lovell came close to giving the visitors the lead before half-time, but he saw his header hit the inside of the post before Nick Barker cleared.
Stokoe eventually got them in front after 61 minutes. Burbidge’s free kick from the right was met in the middle of the penalty area by the midfielder, who placed the ball under Oliver and into the net.
It came just two minutes after Squire missed an opportunity to put the Robins in front, seeing his volley deflected.
Despite being second-best for much of the afternoon, Bideford had two golden chances to equalise in the final 10 minutes. Downing saw his side-footed shot blocked after he got on the end of a Billy Tucker free kick.
Then with three minutes to go Tucker’s deep cross was again met by Downing, who this time elected not to shoot after finding some room, instead squaring for Ryan Turner who couldn’t get enough on the ball to steer it home.
Bideford: Steve Oliver, Ian Sampson, Nick Barker (Ben Wood 65), Sean Downing, Craig Allan, Scott Beattie, Matt Bye, Dan Western (Louis Roberts 58), Ryan Turner, Craig Duff (Kevin Squire 22), Billy Tucker. Subs not used: Dan Harrison, James Mayne.
Wimborne Town: Gerald Benfield, Stefan Penny, Billy Maybury, Scott Arnold, Matty Oldring, Louis Kellaway, James Stokoe, Luke Holmes (Lee Francis 90+2), Sam Bayston (Tobias Holmes), Luke Burbidge (Ben Walker 90+1), Jack Lovell. Subs not used: Robinson Okumu