MISSED chances cost Bideford dear for a second week as they returned from one of their longest Southern League trips beaten 3-1 by Bedford.

Despite an early start and a 260-mile journey, the Robins started brightly and had the best of the first 20 minutes. They went ahead 15 minutes in when a flowing move was finished with a backheel by Kevin Squire and a cool finish by Matt Andrew, who slotted the ball under the home keeper.

But the lead was not long lived as the home side hit back with a shot that could only be parried by keeper Paul Hider, coming back out for Bedford’s Jermaine Ivy to knock home.

Kevin Squire picked up a Sean Downing cross only to see his shot go over the top, before Bideford were caught out at the back just before the break and Bedford’s Mark Bell bundled over a second.

After 10 minutes under pressure in the second half, Bedford increasing their lead from the penalty spot on 51 minutes, Bideford turned the tables. They were on top for the remainder of the game and created chance after chance, but without being able to make any of them count. Matt Hockley saw his effort cleared off the line and Connor Clifford and James Richards both saw goalbound shots saved.

The Robins face another long trip this Saturday, to Kettering Town before travelling again on Tuesday night for a league cup game at Bridgwater.