Big Easter games could clinch the championship
TWO big Easter weekend games could see Bideford emerge as Southern League Division One South and West champions.
Despite failing to score at home for the first time this season, the Robins’ 0-0 result against tough opponents Paulton Rovers on Saturday was enough for them to stay 14 points ahead of Sholing, the only team thatcan now catch them in the title race.
With five matches left to play the Robins now need just two more wins to take the title. The Easter weekend could bring them, although it will be a big ask.
On Saturday they will have to crackthird-placed Gosport Borough away, a team that has lost only four of their 35 league games this season.
Then comes a home match with West Country rivals Taunton Town on Easter Monday.
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Bideford had the best of the possession at home to seventh-place Paulton on Saturday, but just could not make the breakthrourh, with visiting keeper Kyle Phillips playing a crucial role in keeping them at bay.
The Robins saw a trio of chances denied in the opening half as Phillips denied Kevin Squire, Connor Clifford hit a volley just wide on his home debut and defender Aaron Harper-Penman saw a goalbound header cleared off the line by a defender.
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Bideford keeper Paul Hider was also called upon to tip over a free kick.
The second half saw Bideford continue to push forward, but the Paulton keeper continued to keep them out, stopping a shot from Jack Furzer and another headed attempt from Harper-Penman.
Paulton remained dangerous on the break and had a couple of late chances to pinch it, but one shot went into the side netting and the other went wide, leaving Bideford to extend their unbeaten run to 25 matches.