Bluebirds watch champions celebrate and think â€˜what if?â€™
ILFRACOMBE Town beat Hallen 1-0 to climb to third in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division on Monday night.
After conceding the injury-time goal that handed Larkhall Athletic the league title on Saturday, the Bluebirds kept their faint hopes of a runner-up spot alive with a first half Steve Holland goal.
A little more than 48-hours previously, â€˜Combe were forced to suffer the sight of the Larks collecting the silverware after Jamie Lyons netted a 92nd minute title-clincher. And they could be forgiven for looking back at some key results with a wince.
â€˜Combe showed form to beat the newly-crowned champions 6-0 at Marlborough Park in October and 1-0 in the league cup quarter-final last month. But it was during home and away fixtures against Odd Down and Willand â€“ and others against Corsham, Bristol Manor Farm and Wells â€“ where their own title chances were lost.
â€˜Combe are six points behind Bitton but have a game in hand and will have to hope the Bristol side drop points in their three remaining games.
There were certainly no signs of a wobble at Mill Road on Saturday as Bitton romped to a 4-0 win against Barnstaple Town.
Barum got off to a terrible start when they conceded a Lee Rundle own goal inside two minutes.
Six minutes later, Bitton made it 2-0 through Brendon Barnes and Mark Salter fired a third from the penalty spot before the half-time break. Dave Burborough scored the fourth 10 minutes after the break.
On Good Friday, itâ€™s the North Devon derby at home to Barnstaple Town. Ilfracombe will then see out their remainder of the league season on the road, beginning with a trip to Dawlish Town next Monday.
Theyâ€™ll also travel to Bristol Manor Farm and Brislington before the Les Phillips League Cup final against Cadbury Heath at Wells Cityâ€™s Athletic Ground on Saturday, May 7.
Meanwhile, Barnstaple have two home fixtures after Fridayâ€™s derby.
Willand Rovers visit Mill Road on Monday and itâ€™s the turn of Wells City on Saturday, April 30.
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