The Robins were beaten 4-2 in the preliminary round of the competition on Saturday

Bideford’s attentions will turn back to the Evo-Stik League South West this weekend after getting knocked out of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

The Robins were beaten 4-2 at Moneyfields in the preliminary round of the competition on Saturday.

The defeat to the Portsmouth side was the third cup the Robins have been knocked out of in the space of three games, following a penalty defeat to Taunton Town in the BigFreeBet Challenge Cup and an Emirates FA Cup exit at Haringey Borough.

Ben Wooden lobbed Steve Oliver to put the home side in front after 17 minutes.

Bideford’s latest signing Ben Seymour – on a three month loan from Exeter City – put the visitors back on terms three minutes later.

It was after the midway point in the first half that things started to go wrong for the Robins. Conor Bailey put Moneyfields back in front, who saw Ryan Pennery’s volley come back to him via the post before putting the ball in.

Pennery got the first of his two goals 10 minutes later, before pouncing on an underhit back pass a minute before half-time to make it 4-1.

Ryan Turner headed home early in the second half to give the visitors’ chances of staying in the competition some hope, but despite a slew of chances for the Robins, it was the final goal of the game.

Manager Sean Joyce said his side were the architects of their own downfall.

He said: “I’m disappointed really. We’ve gone out of three cups in the last three games, and to three clubs all top of the league across their different leagues.

“The Moneyfields game was tough on paper but we were the architects of our own downfall to be honest.

“Collectively we’ve got to defend better and it was poor defending that led to their goals.

“We came in 4-1 down and we hadn’t really been tested. It was school boy stuff.

“When you look at the injuries we’ve got in midfield, we’ve lost Steve Reed, Matt Bye, Craig Duff and Max Smallcombe to injuries, and you can’t take those players out of a team.

“I don’t want to use it as an excuse but you can’t get that quality of player back in for that position. At the moment we’re asking other players to do jobs.”

It’s a return to Evo-Stik League South West for the Robins on Saturday, as they welcome Cirencester Town to the Sports Ground.

Their opponents lie 17th in the league after being relegated from the Premier last season, but visit Bideford on the back of a 3-2 win at Evesham United in the FA Trophy on Sunday.

Joyce said: “They’re experienced, and they beat Evesham at the weekend.

“You can’t get a measure of this league, it’s so unpredictable. Whoever turns up on the day can win.

“The players have got to step up, roll their sleeves up and help each other out.”