Bideford produced one of their most complete displays of the season so far to beat Cirencester Town in Evo-Stik Division One South this afternoon (Saturday).
The Robins were 4-0 winners over the Gloucestershire side in a game dedicated to Appledore Shipyard.
Goals in the final 10 minutes from Billy Tucker and Liam Gregory put the gloss on what was a fairly comfortable victory for the hosts, who led 2-0 at the break thanks to Ryan Turner’s early opener and an own goal from Cirencester defender Ellis Dunton.
The result, which was Bideford’s biggest of the season so far, also saw them keep a first clean sheet since a 1-0 win over Barnstaple Town in August.
It also moves them up five places in the Division One South table, with the Robins now sitting fifth.
Bideford struck early for the second week in a row with Turner finding the back of the net inside two minutes.
Tucker worked his way into the Cirencester penalty area and got the ball almost straight back after goalkeeper Matt Wieczorek parried his initial shot. His second attempt saw him play the ball across to Turner, who finished accordingly.
The Robins created plenty of chances over the course of the half, with Turner, Tucker and Gregory getting in behind the Cirencester defence regularly.
The pressure eventually told, with Bideford getting the second 10 minutes before the break.
Again it was Tucker who broke into the box from the right channel, but in trying to find Turner, his ball took a deflection off of Dunton and bounced in before the centre-back was able to clear.
Gregory was causing problems on the opposite flank too, first providing for Heeney, who couldn’t get the pass out of his feet to shoot, and then forging a chance of his own only to fire at Wieczorek.
Tucker missed a perfect chance to kill the game off midway through the second half, firing wide of the far post at the end of a superb rub through the opposition half.
The visitors were able to apply some pressure after the miss. First Alan Griffin saw a chance roll inches wide of the post before some dogged defending saw Aiden Bennett’s follow-up blocked.
A Lewis Spalding free kick from the edge of the penalty area rattled the crossbar, and seconds after almost getting back to 2-1, the visitors found themselves 3-0 down.
Turner broke clear with the ball, and instead of finishing himself, squared for Tucker who was eventually able to get an attempt off and fire in.
Gregory got a deserved goal six minutes later, firing into an empty net after being teed up by substitute Will Hancox.
Bideford: Oliver, Sampson, Palmer, Heeney, Down, Mayne, Downing, Carter, Turner (Hancox 85), Tucker, Gregory (Wood 88). Subs not used: Squire, Allan.
Cirencester Town: Wieczorek, Christopher, L Spalding, Mortimer-Jones (Freeman 60), Dunton, Ouldridge, Bennett, Connolly, Griffin, Whitehead, H Spalding (Anderson 78). Subs not used: Windsor, Morris.