AN 83rd minute Ben Wood winner got Bideford back to winning ways in the Zamareto Southern League on Saturday. The Robins were staring down the barrel of a fourth successive league and cup defeat before kick-off against South Gloucestershire side Yate Town

AN 83rd minute Ben Wood winner got Bideford back to winning ways in the Zamareto Southern League on Saturday.

The Robins were staring down the barrel of a fourth successive league and cup defeat before kick-off against South Gloucestershire side Yate Town.

But two spot-kicks in each half - and perhaps a smattering of carnival day good fortune - stopped the rot and pumped Biddy up to sixth in the South and West Division One table.

The hosts, who kicked off without injured in-form striker Jamie Mudge, started well but had the linesman to thank when Yate had a Mark Reynolds goal ruled out for offside on 15 minutes.

There was no flag five minutes later when Bideford goalkeeper Matt Armstrong-Ford could only clear as far as Chris Lewis who opened the account for the visitors.

With the deadlock broken, both keepers were kept busy, Ellis Laight coming close to levelling the scores with a header that was well saved by the visitor's Josh Dempsey.

The equaliser eventually arrived when Shaun Downing was brought down in the box. Matt Hockley stepped up to take the kick at the end of the half.

Things stayed that way until seven minutes from time when Laight was up-ended in the visitors' box.

Hockley's kick was well saved by Dempsey but the quick-thinking Wood was first to the rebound to spare Hockley's blushes and win the match.

Bideford are at home to Thatcham Town in the league on Saturday.