Bideford made it a league double over Barnstaple Town in the Southern League Division One South and West with a 1-0 win on Boxing Day.

Bideford ensured they had the Boxing Day bragging rights in North Devon after a 1-0 win over Barnstaple Town in the Southern League.

Kai Fisher headed in after 17 minutes to get the game's only goal to ensure a league double for the Robins over their local rivals in Division One South and West.

The goal came minutes after Lee Francis was given his marching orders for a second yellow card in front of a crowd of almost 1,000 at Mill Road.

Both teams finished the game with 10 players, with Ian Sampson given a straight red card for Bideford just before full time.

Barnstaple v Bideford - December 26, 2016. Picture: Matt Smart/Andy KeebleBarnstaple v Bideford - December 26, 2016. Picture: Matt Smart/Andy Keeble

It didn't take long for tempers to flare, and it was Francis who ultimately paid the price.

His late challenge on Billy Tucker after 11 minutes sparked a flurry of pushing from both sets of players before the midfielder was shown a yellow card.

Four minutes later, he was given his marching orders by referee Nicholas Mackenzie.

Francis appeared to lash out at Matt Bye off the ball, and when Bye went down holding his chest, Mackenzie was left with no choice but to issue a red.

Barnstaple v Bideford - December 26, 2016. Picture: Matt Smart/Andy KeebleBarnstaple v Bideford - December 26, 2016. Picture: Matt Smart/Andy Keeble

Francis has often been a source of composure in the Barnstaple midfield over the course of the season, and his absence would doubtlessly prove costly.

Three minutes after the red, Bideford had taken advantage of their extra man.

Matt Bye's free kick from around the half-way line swung out to the far post where Fisher rose above everyone to head the ball over Oliver and into the far corner.

The goal seemed to deflate some of the tension on the pitch, and both teams settled into a rhythm after Fisher broke the deadlock.

Neither team enjoyed too many chances on goal in a game that became a midfield battle in the first half.

Barnstaple worked hard to keep the game at 1-0 and stifled Bideford for much of the second half.

Bideford's best chances came through Matt Andrew, who volleyed Will Richards' knock-down over the bar minutes before dragging wide from a Billy Tucker pass.

Ryan Turner almost unlocked the Bideford defence with his pace, but Fisher was on hand to nullify the striker before he could threaten Josh Colwill's goal.

Tucker came closest of all to extending Bideford's lead with a well taken free kick from the edge of the penalty area. The effort bounced off the crossbar with Oliver rooted to his line.

It nearly cost them too, with Barnstaple having their best opportunity of the game with five minutes remaining.

Liam Gregory's free kick was headed back across goal by Aaron Harper-Penman and met by Craig Allan, who headed wide of Colwill's goal.

Bideford were reduced to 10 men themselves as the match went into injury time, with Sampson given a straight red by referee Mackenzie for an over-the-ball challenge on Jack Jenkins.