ILFRACOMBE Ladies ahve opened up a six point gap at the top of Division 1 of the Westward Developments Devon Women’s League following their 4-1 win at home to Budleigh Bicton Robins.

Combe were on top, but found the Robins no pushover as the visitors used the long ball and fast wingers to mount dangerous counter-attacks.

They won through with two goals from Sarah Dennis, one by Keely Coates and an own goal when a fierce Hannah Dibble shot was deflected in by a defender. Christie Parrisj was named ‘man-of-the-match’ for her untiring work at right back.

Below par Bideford Ladies travelled to Tavistock with several key players missing and suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat. But they remain in second place behind Ilfracombe, with Tavistock three points further back in third.

Bideford went out strong on the first half and a few balls reached the home side’s box, but were soon cleared by the Tavistock defence.

Beth Ellis carried the ball down the line time after time and served a perfect cross but no one was there to complete the tap in. A quick break from Tavistock then left the Bideford defence stranded and although Lou Pontin came out big , she was unable to keep Tavvy out.

Bideford kept their heads high and Ria Penfold dribbled the ball down the right hand side and struck a sweet ball towards the goal. A deflection saved Ria’s shot, but Beth Ellis was set up for a tap in.

Bideford dominated the rest of the first half. A long range shot by Caroline Parsons from her own half beat the Tavistock defence and the keeper, only for the the woodwork to deny her.

But the second half saw Bideford struggle to maintain their performance and Tavistock took control and two goals following corners gave them victory.