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 Joyceâ€™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 Robinsâ€™ 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 Tauntonâ€™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 Oâ€™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 Oâ€™Sullivanâ€™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 Andrewsâ€™ 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 nightâ€™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 Lukeâ€™s Bowl.
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