Bideford hold out for top spot

Joseph Bulmer

Robins held at Didcot but remain joint leaders following Hungerford defeat.

BIDEFORD missed the chance to go top of the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West after dropping points at Didcot Town on Saturday.

The Robins went into the match as joint league leaders with Hungerford Town but in all fairness the 1-1 draw will be better remembered as a point gained.

The hosts, still without a home league win this season, pushed Bideford all the way in an action-packed clash at the Loop.

After a slow start, Didcot looked the side most likely to find the net in a first half that saw Bideford’s Aaron Harper-Penman forced to withdraw through injury.

The visiting defence – marshalled by the excellent Dominic Rivans – was able to stem the tide and it was Bideford who eventually broke the deadlock 20 minutes into the second half.

Matt Andrew scored his fourth goal in four games after Kevin Squire flicked on a trademark long throw-in by Ben Wood.

Didcot replied almost immediately, Victor Asombang levelling the scores three minutes later after Bideford failed to clear their lines from a corner.

The host’s Alex Stanley was denied by a finger-tip save by Oliver Chenowith and Joss Millar missed an open goal as Dicot looked intent on grabbing that elusive first home win by the scruff of the neck.

They dominated possession in the final 15 minutes, a long range effort by Sam Elkins dipping inches wide of Chenowith’s goal. They also had a late penalty shout waved away as Bideford held on for a bitter point.

Hungerford’s defeat means Thatcham Town are the new leaders with Bideford still joint top on goal difference.

Bideford were set to host Taunton in the second round of the Red Insure Cup last night (Tuesday). The Robins will be hoping to improve their goal difference when they play bottom side Stourport Swifts at the Sports Ground on Saturday.