IT will be The Ravens or The Moors for Bideford FC, who have been rewarded for their 1-0 FA Vase victory over Scarborough Athletic on Saturday with a place in the last 16 and another home tie. On February 7, the Robins will entertain either
IT will be The Ravens or The Moors for Bideford FC, who have been rewarded for their 1-0 FA Vase victory over Scarborough Athletic on Saturday with a place in the last 16 and another home tie.On February 7, the Robins will entertain either Coalville Town from the Midland Alliance or Spennymoor Town from the Northern League Division 1, who must replay after a 1-1 draw.Nearly 600 people watched at The Sports Ground as left back Nick Barker became the hero of the day with the only goal - a blockbuster just before half-time.The Robins started with Ben Wood and new signing Shane Tolley up front It was Tolley who made the first impression, shooting just wide in the opening minutes.Bideford pushed deep into the Scarborough half in the early stages, but were restricted to long-range shots on goal.As the half wore on Scarborough found opportunities and the Robins were grateful for some good work from Draper in goal.Tolley came close again with an overhead kick and continued to be a threat to the visitors. But it was Barker who supplied the killer touch, picking up a long throw from Ben Wood and blasting home with a rare right-foot shot.With Scarborough now threatening and a strengthening wind against them, Bideford were often pinned back in the second half, but they defended well.The visitors went close, but failed to find the net, until five minutes from the end, a long throw was caught by the wind and flew over Draper to bounce into the Bideford net But the offside flag was raised.A tense final five minutes and four minutes of stoppage time saw a series of Scarborough corners as Bideford were pushed back - but held on! * * *BARNSTAPLE left it late, but finally gained their due reward with a 2-1 Western League win away to fellow strugglers Devizes.It was bottom-of-the-table Barum's first win under manager Owen Pickard and one fully deserved after dominating much of the match.Although playing well, it seemed their lack of form in front of goal would once against cost Town as their hosts took an early lead.But after a couple of earlier missed opportunities Kevin Squire finally broke the hoodoo with a 20-yarder 10 minutes from time. And in the closing minutes substitute winger Matt Deakin volleyed home from 25 yards to give Barum their reward. * * *ILFRACOMBE came home with nothing from their trip to Street, beaten 2-0.After keeping out the home side in the opening half, despite a strong wind against them, Combe slipped behind when Street scored in a goalmouth scramble in the opening minutes of the re-start.Another goal on the hour saw the Somerset side seal their victory. * * *Saturday's league fixtures: Bideford v Corsham; Frome Town v Barnstaple; Sherborne v Ilfracombe.