ILFRACOMBE Town striker Shaun Lewis is to make the switch to North Devon Toolstation Western League rivals Bideford, it emerged on Monday night. Bluebirds' manager Barry Yeo told the Gazette that the Marlborough Park hit-man had decided to accept a big mo
ILFRACOMBE Town striker Shaun Lewis is to make the switch to North Devon Toolstation Western League rivals Bideford, it emerged on Monday night.Bluebirds' manager Barry Yeo told the Gazette that the Marlborough Park hit-man had decided to accept a big money offer tabled by the Robins."We did everything we could to keep him," conceded Yeo. "Obviously, we're disappointed as we'd hoped that he would stay, but there's no hard feelings at all. We wish him all the best - he's a terrific player, works 100 per cent and got my manager's player of the year last season." But Yeo said he was "not too worried" about an immediate replacement for the Bickington-based player, who has spent the last three seasons at 'Combe."In Leon Taswell, we've got a natural goal scorer and I have great hopes for 20-year-old James Davey, who we introduced to the side last season. He's quick, raw and has a lot to learn, but potentially, he's got the game. "James will get his chance this season and hopefully, he'll take it."Also, I signed an experienced centre forward in Andy Stevens a couple of weeks ago and he will bring something different to the side. He's been there and done it and will help bring on our younger centre forwards."Bideford secretary Kevin Tyrell confirmed that Lewis would be travelling with Bideford to a friendly at Saltash last night (Tuesday)."He hasn't signed the forms with us yet, but we hope that he will become a Bideford player very soon," he said.New North Devon Premier League team Ilfracombe Town Reserves starts pre-season training today (Weds) at 7pm at Marlborough Park. Players old and new are all welcome.TournamentsIlfracombe FC's annual six-a-side tournaments are being held at Marlborough Park on July 26 and 27.Saturday for under-9s,11s,13s and 15s and Sunday for under-10s,12s,14s and 16s.More information from club secretary on (01271) 883302 or football club on 865939.