The Robins were beaten 1-0 on the final day of the Southern League season this afternoon (Saturday)

Bideford were unable to end their Southern League campaign with a win this afternoon (Saturday).

The Robins were beaten 1-0 by Division One South and West runners-up Salisbury at the Sports Ground, with Tommy Wright's goal early in the second half the difference.

The result means Bideford finish the campaign in 10th place.

Salisbury knew that three points would guarantee them second place in Division One South and West, and with it a home play-off tie against fifth-place Evesham United.

Bideford v Salisbury. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Salisbury. Picture: Matt Smart

The visitors made no secret of their desire to get in front at the Sports Ground, playing a high line and racking up a lot of possession in the Bideford half.

But just like in Monday's clash with Taunton, Bideford were organised, kept their shape and limited the visitors to few chances.

Stephen Reed shut down the right flank, and while Taurean Roberts looked dangerous on the opposite side of the pitch, Ian Sampson did a good job of keeping him quiet in the opening period.

Bideford attempted to pick them off on the counter-attack. Ben Wood's pace was a source of trouble for the Whites - albeit playing in Blue - and he was twice thwarted by last ditch tackles when it looked like he had only keeper Alex Bass to beat.

Bideford v Salisbury. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Salisbury. Picture: Matt Smart

However, it was Downing who came the closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half.

Matt Bye's free-kick was headed clear and met on the volley by Downing, his right-footed effort grazing the top of the net.

After such an organised first half, it was a sucker-punch when Wright gave Salisbury the lead three minutes into the second half.

Roberts beat Sampson down the left flank and picked out Brandon Mundee. The substitute sliced his shot, but found Wright at the back post. The visitors kept the ball alive, and when Wright collected the ball, he made no mistake in slotting the ball back past Moore and into the far corner.

Bideford v Salisbury. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Salisbury. Picture: Matt Smart

The goal was one of few opportunities for both sides in the second half.

Roberts had a chance to double the visitors' lead 20 minutes into the second period after Wright slipped a through ball in behind Sampson, but the winger's shot didn't make the near post.

Kane O'Keefe almost added a second in stoppage time, but could only head Wright's flicked-on ball over the bar.