The Robins will meet Bishops Cleeve in the first qualifying round after beating Wells City 6-0 on Saturday.

Bideford got up and running in the Emirates FA Cup by handing out a hammering to Wells City.

The Robins beat the Toolstation Western League side 6-0 in the preliminary round of the competition on Saturday.

Two goals each from Billy Tucker, Ryan Turner and returning striker Craig Duff sealed a comfortable passage through to the first qualifying round.

Duff, who was Bideford’s leading goalscorer back in 2013/14, signed from Taunton Town on Friday and went straight into Sean Joyce’s starting line-up for the match at the Sports Ground.

He rewarded that faith just eight minutes after kick-off, getting on the end of a Billy Tucker cross from the left and heading into the top corner.

The Robins created plenty of chances through the first half, with Craig Allan, Downing and Turner all going close.

The lead was finally doubled by Turner, who charged down a clearance from goalkeeper Mike Dangerfield to find the top corner after 34 minutes. The goalscorer became the provider just a minute later, when he teed up Tucker.

Three minutes after the interval, the duo combined again. This time it was Turner on hand to finish after Tucker had cut the ball back to him.

Tucker bagged his third goal in as many games after 68 minutes, and Duff rounded off the scoring with 15 minutes remaining.

Manager Sean Joyce said he was ‘over the moon’ with the result.

“We find it hard sometimes against lower league teams to break them down,” he said.

“We got 1-0 up and we continued to attack them, but missed numerous chances, and I thought ‘here we go’.

“After five-to-10 minutes of tailing off we got the two goals and went 3-0 up.

“In the second half we kept on making sure we didn’t end up making more of a game of it than it needed to be.

“We were professional though, gave Wells the respect they deserved and played the right way.”

The Robins will now play fellow Evo-Stik League South West club Bishops Cleeve in the first qualifying round on September 2.

“It’s a great draw for us,” said Joyce.

“A club at our level in our league, and at home there’s no reason why we can’t beat anyone.”

Before then comes a bumper bank holiday weekend of fixtures, with Swindon Supermarine visiting the Sports Ground on Saturday and the small matter of a North Devon derby at Barnstaple Town on Monday afternoon.

The two teams are vastly different compared to their Boxing Day meeting at Mill Road last season.

Kai Fisher, who got the winning goal for Bideford that day, will lead Barnstaple, while Joyce will have former Barum players Allan, Turner, Steve Oliver and James Mayne on his side.

Bideford will also have fond memories of Swindon Supermarine’s last visit to the Sports Ground, when they romped to a 4-0 win.

“It’s a massive weekend for us,” said Joyce.

“It’s one of the most difficult parts of the season, with the turnaround, because after Saturday we’re straight in on Monday afternoon.

“We’ll take care of Saturday’s game first, and we’ll hope to get something positive to take into Monday’s game.

“Barnstaple are building and trying to stabilise their side.

“Pearsy’s a good manager and eventually he will get a squad together that will contend in the top half.”