Table-topping Hemel too strong for Bideford

09:38 08 January 2014

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Hemel Hempstead Town 4-1 Bideford

Bideford were well beaten on Tuesday night as they travelled to table-topping Hemel Hempstead Town.

The Robins were beaten 4-1 on a heavy pitch in front of nearly 350 people at Vauxhall Road, and have now gone four league games without a win – but still sit fifth in the Calor League Southern.

It was not the send-off defender Ben Gerring was hoping for after he made himself available to play before his move to Conference South side Hayes and Yeading United.

Ben Mackey opened the scoring from the penalty spot just before half time for the home side after a good first half display from Bideford, a handball threatening to undo their good work to that point.

In the second half, Hemel showed why they had won all 11 home games coming into this match this season, with Lewis Toomey flicking his header beyond Bideford ‘keeper Steve Oliver in the 49th minute to double their advantage.

Bideford then had to scramble the ball clear on a number of occasions before Shane Blacklett smashed in on 55 minutes to effectively seal the result.

But Bideford have shown that they can battle this season, and found a route back into the game in the 81st minute, when Ethan Phillips converted a penalty.

Unfortunately, though, their hopes of a comeback lasted just 30 seconds, as Hemel went up the other end and scored a fourth through Charlie Mpi to kill the game off once and for all.

Bideford will have the perfect chance to get their revenge on Saturday, when they host Hemel at the Sports Ground in the reverse fixture.

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