THE road to Wembley is a long one but Bideford took their first steps in this year's historic competition with a 4-2 win over Keynsham Town at the Sports Ground on Saturday. The Robins' first win of the fledgling cup campaign came despite a dogged perfo

THE road to Wembley is a long one - but Bideford took their first steps in this year's historic competition with a 4-2 win over Keynsham Town at the Sports Ground on Saturday.The Robins' first win of the fledgling cup campaign came despite a dogged performance by the Toolstation Western League Division One side.Bideford piled on the pressure in the first half, finally forcing an advantage on the half-hour mark through an Ellis Laight tap-in from strike partner Shaun Lewis' cross.And on 41 minutes, they doubled their lead when Tom Stocco applied his head to finish Darren Hawkins' delivery.After the break, the Robins stepped on the gas in front of the 190-strong crowd to fire a third through new signing Lewis.And after a Keynsham reply 15 minutes from time, Laight scored his second and made it 4-1, this time with his head.Matt Downing also came close to getting on the scoresheet himself - but the injured winger was later forced to limp off the pitch and head for the casualty department with just two minutes left to play. In his absence, the visitors made it 4-2 from the penalty spot after Robbie Herrera was judged to have fouled in the box.Bideford are at home to Bishop Sutton in the league on Saturday.And while they go into the hat for the next round, dreams of a good cup run were rudely awaken at Ilfracombe and Barnstaple, both of whom slipped to disappointing home defeats on Saturday.Ilfracombe Town lost 4-1 to South West Peninsula League side Tavistock despite clawing back a 1-0 half-time deficit through Ricky Marinaro's early second-half free-kick.The visitors hit back straight away though, and mistakes at the back led to two more goals before the final whistle.'Combe will be hoping to put on a more solid Marlborough Park performance when they face Bitton in the league on Saturday. On Tuesday, they travel to Dawlish Town.Meanwhile, Barnstaple Town were never at the races in their sorry cup exit at the hands of Division One side Bridport.In a fixture reversed due to building works taking place to Bridport's changing room, a lack lustre performance against the Dorset side ended any dreams of a successful cup run.Barum did take the lead through a Kevin Squire penalty after Simon Bochenski was brought down in the box, midway into the first half. But Bridport battled back and were allowed to equalise before the break.In part two, the visitors sealed their win with a headed goal from a corner with half an hour to go.Try as they could, Town were unable to find a response despite hitting the post and being denied a last minute penalty.Barnstaple are away to Welton Rovers in the league on Saturday.