The Robins were beaten 2-1 by Winchester City in Division One South and West on Saturday

Bideford manager Sean Joyce was once again left to rue refereeing decisions as his side went down 2-1 to Winchester City in the Southern League.

Craig Feeney scored from the penalty spot with virtually the last kick of the game to give Bideford their ninth defeat of the season in Division One South and West.

Billy Tucker had given the Robins the lead just before half-time with a clever free-kick.

Winchester captain Stuart Green cancelled it out after 64 minutes.

Joyce was left frustrated by referee Lee Roberts’ decision in injury time.

“It wasn’t a penalty in a million years,” he said.

“In the first half it was the worst we played in a long time and we came in 1-0 up.

“In the second half we dominated them and they just hit us on the counter attack and we gave away two goals.

Bideford v Winchester City. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Winchester City. Picture: Matt Smart

“It’s been the story of the last five or six games.

“We’ve had good chances and it was a good game to watch. It was end to end.

“Then they get a gift like that. I know it’s Christmas and all that, but he’s packed it, put a bow on it and put it on the spot for them.

“Now we’re talking about that decision now and not what a great performance it was from the team.”

Bideford v Winchester City. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Winchester City. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford struggled to get out of second gear in the first half, and by all accounts would have been surprised to go in at the break 1-0 up.

Josh Colwill’s goal came under a lot more scrutiny than usual, and the keeper did well to stop the away side from going ahead, denying Green with a low save before denying Feeney with his legs moments later.

After surviving some scares, Bideford found themselves in the lead.

When Roberts gave a free-kick on the edge of the Winchester penalty area, Tucker took a quick free kick as Lewis Noice tried to get his wall in shape.

Noice scrambled, but couldn’t stop the ball from curling into his far corner.

The second half saw Bideford play with much more purpose.

Sean Downing came closest to extending their lead, with a chest and volley that rattled off the crossbar.

Matt Andrew linked well with Chris McPhee with a one-two, but put his shot over the bar.

Minutes later, Winchester had equalised, with Green getting a well-deserved goal, beating two defenders before running in on goal and slotting past Colwill.

Bideford searched for a winner, but were left vulnerable on the counter-attack.

It was a Winchester counter that led to the penalty, with James Richards tackling Feeney while scrambling to get back.

Feeney pushed his kick past Colwill’s outstretched hand to give Bideford no chance of coming back.

On Boxing Day, the Robins will be looking to do the league double over Barnstaple Town, as they travel to Mill Road.