The Robins have now lost four games in a row following Saturday’s defeat at Slimbridge

Bideford manager Sean Joyce was left to rue missed opportunities as his side's losing run in the Southern League continues.

The Robins have now lost four games on the spin following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Slimbridge in Division One South and West.

Lee Smith's breakaway goal after 10 minutes gave the home side the lead.

Marley Thomas doubled their advantage on the hour, latching on to a ball from Ben Prictor before rounding Joe Moore and walking the ball in.

"We just couldn't score really, and it's been the nature of us all season," said Joyce.

"We had 24 shots on Saturday, and I know you're not going to score every one, but they had four and scored with two of them.

"If we had won 7-2 it wouldn't have flattered us.

"We have got to be good enough to punish these teams.

"Maybe it's a little bit of fatigue now we're at the end of the season, but that's no excuse - we just didn't apply ourselves."

As much as Bideford didn't take their chances, Slimbridge goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamp made some stunning saves to keep the Robins out.

Sean Downing was constantly denied by the Slimbridge keeper.

Ian Sampson and Kevin Squire were also thwarted by good saves, with Beauchamp's stop for the latter drawing comparisons to Peter Schmeichel from the Bideford manager.

"We could have played until midnight and I couldn't see us scoring," said Joyce.

"It's disappointing because we want to finish as high as we can.

"Did we deserve to get beat after that many shots? Yes, because we didn't take our chances.

"They worked hard and took their chances."

The Robins travel to AFC Totton on Tuesday night to replay the game that was abandoned at half-time on April 1.

Following that are games against promotion hopefuls Evesham United and Taunton Town on Saturday and Monday, a prospect Joyce says will be easier than the dead rubbers of recent weeks.

"We've got three games left and I'm looking forward to them.

"A lot of teams have that end of season feel and these games coming up won't. We want those games with something on them"