Robins bid to stop the rot

Joseph Bulmer

Bideford hoping to return to form and put an end to a run of three defeats

BIDEFORD crashed to their third defeat in eight days at the hands of Cinderford Town on Saturday.

Sean Joyce’s side slipped to a 3-0 defeat against their Gloucestershire table neighbours at the Sports Ground.

As Max Etheridge put what was to be the 11th goal past the hosts in a little over a week, the Robins’ recent run of four straight wins seemed like a world away.

Bideford were able to call on the services of goalkeeper Matt Armstrong-Ford, who returned following the suspension he received for a shove on Taunton’s Ross MacNab at the start of January.

But the on-loan Exeter City player was beaten almost immediately after the kick-off as Sam O’Sullivan opened the scoring for the visitors.

Ten minutes before the break, Cinderford were two-up when a deflected Leon Jeanne effort found its way past Armstrong-Ford. The new signing had set up O’Sullivan’s opener with a fine mazy run and cross but opted to go for goal himself this time, cutting inside from the left and smashing one with his right.

By the time fellow new-boy Etheridge connected with Brad Andrews’ cross to head home the third with eight minutes to play, the 125-strong crowd sensed there was no way back for Biddy.

The Robins will have been hoping to stop the rot with last night’s visit of lowly Stourport Swifts.

On Saturday, they travel to mid-table North Leigh, while on Tuesday, league action will take a back seat when Bideford entertain Plymouth in round three of the Devon St Luke’s Bowl.