ILFRACOMBE Town goalkeeper Steve Oliver pulled off a stunning performance to help clinch a solid 2-1 win over Radstock Town on Saturday. In a strange game which the Bluebirds dominated but struggled at times to close, Oliver's heroics between the sticks
ILFRACOMBE Town goalkeeper Steve Oliver pulled off a stunning performance to help clinch a solid 2-1 win over Radstock Town on Saturday. In a strange game which the Bluebirds dominated but struggled at times to close, Oliver's heroics between the sticks were the real talking point at the Marlborough Park Toolstation Western League clash.Despite enjoying the lions' share of possession, 'Combe couldn't get the ball out of the mud in the final third and created little in the way of on-goal efforts. By contrast, Radstock saw little of the ball but were a more decisive outfit. Keen to avenge an earlier defeat this season, they took their chances and peppered the goal with a series of one-on-ones and point-blank efforts that had the lively Oliver scrambling across goal to pull of a string of brilliant saves. After going behind shortly before the break, manager Barry Yeo's half-time message was clear and simple: "Make the final ball count".It was loud and clear. Leon Taswell turned well to drill the ball off the post, scoring his 27th goal to level things up on 57 minutes.The goal proved to be the real turning point for 'Combe who continued to crank up the pressure. Five minutes later, they found the winner through Ricky Marinaro, his shot clipping the back of a Radstock defender and looping into the net.Despite making all the running, the Bluebirds still had to call on Oliver, who saved from close range on a couple of occasions when lessons from the first half went unlearned.'Combe are at home to Hallen on Saturday.Bideford ground out another victory with a workmanlike performance at home to Street.But they had to work hard for their 2-0 win as the Somerset side put as many men as possible behind the ball and it was difficult to break down the stubborn defence.In the end it was two set-piece goals that made the difference. Clay Bond headed home a Nick Barker corner to give Bideford the lead 10 minutes before the break.Another corner inside the last 20 minutes saw Jamie Densham make the game safe, extending his remarkable scoring record to 10 goals in five games.Bideford are away to Melksham on Saturday. Barnstaple are still looking for their first 2008 league win after a 3-2 reverse away to Melksham.Town travelled without Kevin Squires, Darren Parrish or Jake Barwick and were forced to re-arrange their line-up.They fell behind midway through the opening half, but levelled within 10 minutes through James Turner. Melksham took the initiative after the re-start and two more goals put them in command before Kevin Darch gave late hope with a spectacular free kick from outside the box. Town are hoping to be back to full strength for this Saturday's home game with Calne - and are also hoping to have completed the signing of a new midfielder before the visit of Hallen on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm.n The draw for the next round of the Les Phillips Cup has been made, with Ilfracome at home to Bristol Manor farm and Bideford away to either Bitton or Corsham Town.