BIDEFORD'S seven-day cup shenanigans ended with a flourish against North Devon rivals Barnstaple on Saturday. The Robin's 4-1 Les Phillips League Cup win was the icing on the cake after a good 5-1 mid-week St Luke's Bowl trashing of an under-strength Exet
BIDEFORD'S seven-day cup shenanigans ended with a flourish against North Devon rivals Barnstaple on Saturday.The Robin's 4-1 Les Phillips League Cup win was the icing on the cake after a good 5-1 mid-week St Luke's Bowl trashing of an under-strength Exeter City side. And it helped shake off any disappointment still lingering following another bitterly narrow defeat against holders Truro, in the FA Vase days before.It wasn't the largest derby crowd the Sport Ground had ever hosted - just 277 passed through the turnstiles - but this weekend's game soon sprung into life nonetheless.The game's first goal took just 20 minutes to arrive, Barum's Jamie Frickleton giving the away side the lead after Jake Barwick's in-swinging corner caused a moment of mayhem in the Robin's box. The lead lasted just three minutes. A corner at the opposite end produced a decisive piece of goalmouth prowess from man-of-the-match striker Ellis Laight whose headed effort found the net with ease.Although there was little to separate the teams going into half-time, it was Bideford who came out stronger in part two. And they would have been rewarded for a spell of positive play 10 minutes after the restart were it not for the linesman's offside flag. Eventually, new signing Jamie Densham broke free to latch onto a through ball and round keeper Jimmy Thorne to coolly finish and put Bideford 2-1 up on 64 minutes.Barnstaple's Jeff Parish saw his chance to equalise cleared off the line and things stayed that way until seven minutes from time. Bideford's left-foot in-swinging corner was headed clear before being pumped back into the box for Darren Hawkings to wrap his foot around the ball in spectacular style, smashing in an overhead kick from the edge of the penalty area. Two minutes later, Leon Hapgood sealed the win after Barum failed to clear their lines on the edge of their own box. Hapgood latched onto the ball to round Thorne with his first touch and calmly slot from the six-yard box with his second.Ilfracombe join their North Devon neighbours in the quarter finals of the Les Phillips Cup following a comfortable 3-1 win away to Western League Division 1 side Shrewton.Shaun Lewis got the Bluebirds off the mark in the first quarter-hour after picking up a through ball from midfielder Ross Middleton.The Shrews pulled one back soon after, but Ilfracombe regained the lead just before half-time with a superb goal by Ricky Marinaro, who sent two defenders the wrong way.Ten minutes into the second half Leon Taswell pounced to widen the gap and Ilfracombe dominated the remainder of the game.