BIDEFORD chalked up an impressive fourth win in a row with a convincing 5-1 Zamaretto South and West victory over sixth place Almondsbury Town, now just one place above them in the table.
The Robins made a lightening start and were ahead within two minutes when a free kick by Ben Wood was only cleared as far as Ellis Laight, who headed in.
Matt Andrew caused problems for the home side and came close on a few occasions, only to be denied by the Almondsbury goalkeeper.
Almondsbury also looked threatening at times, with Bideford keeper Matt Armstrong-Ford also being called upon to make a fine save.
But after the home side lost a player for a second bookable offence midway through the opening half the majority of the play was with Bideford and Kevin Squires met a Sean Downing cross on the half-hour to shoot home a second.
Downing was himself on target with a blistering shot 10 minutes later after Matt Andrew crossed from the wing and Bideford were 3-0 up at the break.
The Robins killed the game off with two goals in quick succession soon after the re-start. Squires netted his second with a simple tap-in after Downing knocked the ball across the area and Andrew then ran on to a through ball from Squires to round the keeper and slot in number five.
Almondsbury fought on and managed to pull a goal back in the 57th minute, but there was little chance of a comeback and Bideford might well have scored again. Squires had a goal ruled out for offside and Laight saw a header drift inches wide. Two penalty claims were also turned down.
Bideford were scheduled to travel to Mangotsfield United on Monday night, but the match was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.
They are at home to Bridgwater this Saturday.
North Devon Gazette Newsletter
Join the newsletter to receive the latest updates in your inbox.