BIDEFORD suffered a 4-1 bashing at Bashley, their heaviest defeat since entering the Southern League Premier Division.

It was a below par performance by the Robins.

For the first 40 minutes they had the best of the play and looked more than up to their task.

But after hesitation in their defence let Bashley in for the opening goal at that crucial point just before the break, the Robins’ heads began to drop.

In stark contrast to their fighting comeback against Stourbridge the week before, Bideford began to look dispirited and when Bashley hit a second goal just after the restart the home side were in control.

Dispute that a bundled third Bashley goal had not crossed the line was ruled out and failure to defend a free kick inside the final 20 minutes saw the home side stretch their lead to 4-0.

Only in the final quarter-hour did Bideford regain their composure and then they pressed hard.

A good cross from Sean Downing was turned in by Kevin Squire for what proved to be only a consolation goal and a late penalty appeal was turned down.

A scheduled trip to Arlesey Town last night (Tuesday) was cancelled as Arlesey had an FA Trophy replay.

So the Robins are next in action at home to Hitchin Town on Saturday - a side just four points, but six places above the Robins, who have just troubled Kettering below them in the league table