WITH Barnstaple and Ilfracombe both out of action at the weekend, it was left to Bideford to provide the Western League action on Saturday. With FA Vase dreams on hold until the next round tie with Frome Town on December 6, it was back to businesses for t
WITH Barnstaple and Ilfracombe both out of action at the weekend, it was left to Bideford to provide the Western League action on Saturday.With FA Vase dreams on hold until the next round tie with Frome Town on December 6, it was back to businesses for the Robins, who entertained lowly Devizes town at the Sports Ground.It was three points they could well have - and should have - pocketed. The home side took a while to thaw in the cold weather. But things soon hotted up as Bideford saw off a bright start by the visitors to contribute to a first half of entertaining end-to-end football.The Robin's began carving out chances of their own, Jamie Densham, Andrew, Downing and Ellis Laight all unlucky to score with a string of headed efforts on goal.Densham saw one edge-of-the-box effort cannon back off the crossbar before a Laight shot from similar distance beat the goalkeeper only to be cleared off the line.Despite the chances, it was the Robins who went back to the dressing room behind at half-time after conceding a 42-minute penalty.After the re-start, there was none of the weariness so evident in Bideford's first quarter of the match as they came out of the blocks to dominate possession.A desperate goalmouth scramble on 60 minutes looked to have crossed the line but play was waved on by the linesman on the far side.And it wasn't until five minutes later that the Robins finally made one of their efforts count through Robbie Gough.They were unlucky not to go ahead through Matt Andrews' crossbar-bound effort soon after, but despite chucking everything at their Somerset visitors, the game ended with a goal-a-piece. Manager Sean Joyce will take some comfort from the return of striker Shaun Lewis, who came on as a second half substitute after being out of the side with injury since mid September.Bideford are away to Brislington in the league on Saturday and travel to Street on Tuesday night.Also on Saturday, Barnstaple Town are at home to fellow-strugglers Bishop Sutton in what is surely a must-win game for Barum who are looking to turn their season around under new manager Owen Pickard.