With last Tuesdays 1-0 defeat to Salisbury taking their play-off hopes out of their hands, the Robins needed a win and some extra help if they were to have any chance of a shot at promotion. Goals from Craig Allan and Sean Downing saw them keep up their end of the bargain, but with their rivals all winning their respective matches, they were unable to make up any more ground. Allan broke the deadlock eight minutes before half time, meeting a Matt Bye corner with his head. The Robins extended their lead six minutes after the break. Ryan Turners pass found Downing, who rode a challenge before finishing past Ryan Price in the Winchester goal. The result means Bideford finish the season in eighth two places higher than 2017/18. Robins manager Sean Joyce said he couldnt ask for any more from his squad, who have played 16 games in the final two months of the season. He said: Its been a tremendous season and Ive really enjoyed it. The lads have been excellent, theyve travelled everywhere. I cant fault them, because everything Ive asked of them theyve given me. We just dipped out because of the run in. To get to this stage we played a hell of a lot of games, and if wed played them in the right order Ive no doubt we would be in the play-offs, or pushing Salisbury for second. It was always going to be a big effort. I didnt expect us to get this close with the games we had left, as soon as that snow came in I thought that was us done. After seeing out the league campaign, Bidefords season comes to an end on Tuesday night, with the Devon St Lukes Challenge Cup final. The Robins will take on South West Peninsula League champions Plymouth Parkway at Devon FAs Newton Abbot headquarters. Whatever happens, Joyce said the game would be a chance to celebrate a fantastic season. Fair play to them, theyve had some investment and are going up to the Western League and theyve only lost once all season. Because were two leagues above them everybody things we are favourites, but theyve got quantity and quality and weve got a squad who have been slugging it out for the last eight or nine games. It doesnt matter what happens, the league was always more important to us. It will finish a great season but it isnt the be all and end all, we just want to celebrate the season weve had and how far weve come.