Bideford will be hoping for an upturn in their fortunes when they welcome Thatcham Town to the Sports Ground on Saturday.

The Robins’ miserable run in Evo-Stik Division One South continued last Saturday as they were beaten 4-2 at Cinderford Town.

The result was their fourth defeat in a row in a run of games that has seen them concede 15 goals.

It was the same old story for the Robins in Gloucestershire. Despite having chances, they saw Cinderford score three goals in the space of 11 first half minutes.

After a goal-less half-hour, Blaine Waugh broke the deadlock for the hosts after getting in behind the Bideford backline and lofting a finish over Joe Moore.

Daniel MacDonald doubled their advantage from the penalty spot just three minutes later after Liam Gregory collided with Richard Greaves trying to clear a loose ball.

Greaves made it 3-0 to Cinderford two minutes before the break with a finish from close range, following up as the ball rebounded off the inside of the post.

Waugh got his second of the game midway through the second half before Bideford began to fight back in earnest.

Jordan Ricketts pulled one back for the Robins with 20 minutes remaining, sliding in to make sure Ryan Turner’s effort across goal found the net.

Liam Gregory added a second for the visitors eight minutes from time, with his ball from the left going over everyone in the penalty area and into the net.

Manager Sean Joyce said: “It’s becoming a habit and we need to address it, but it was an awkward one.

“We’ve missed a great chance at 0-0 and I think it was comfortable for us. The first goal was another dubious one and they’ve got the decision.

“It can’t go on for much longer with the mistakes we are making. When you keep giving goals away like we are at the moment it’s too much energy to come back and make a game of it.

“It has been a tough run of games and we are lacking a bit of confidence – I can’t deny that. It’s a younger squad and perhaps a bit more naive, but I believe and trust in the lads.

“We’re not playing that bad, and it’s weird to say that when we’ve lost four on the bounce, but we keep having these 10 minute spells where we concede two or three goals and we’re getting punished for everything.”

Joyce joked that Saturday’s game against Thatcham should kick off at 3.45pm as his side looks to snap out of the habit of conceding first half goals.

He added: “We’ll go out there and enjoy it, and we’re going to throw everything at them.”