ILFRACOMBE Town hit-man Leon Taswell scored a brace of late, late goals to snatch an important win at Marlborough Park on Saturday. The Bluebird's had to grit their teeth in a mid-table tousle with Bitton that all but looked to be going in the Gloucesters
ILFRACOMBE Town hit-man Leon Taswell scored a brace of late, late goals to snatch an important win at Marlborough Park on Saturday.The Bluebird's had to grit their teeth in a mid-table tousle with Bitton that all but looked to be going in the Gloucestershire-side's favour.'Combe went one-nil down inside the first five minutes before Ross Middleton was bought down on the edge of the box on the half-hour mark. Ricky Marinaro stepped up to fire the resulting free-kick into the far corner to the left of Bitton keeper Lee Ballard.Despite a string of good saves by Ilfracombe's Steve Oliver - and the referee disallowing a Bitton headed goal - the home side failed to see out the mounting pressure before half-time and went 2-1 down.Oliver continued to keep 'Combe in the game as the second half wore on. And with 10 minutes to go, his side was offered a lifeline after Liam Beades' shot was adjudged to be handled in the box. The chance looked to have gone when player manager Barry Yeo saw his shot saved, but Taswell, who had had a quiet game up until that point, had other ideas.The club's top scorer this season rounded the keeper to make it 2-2 with five minutes left to play. And to the delight of the home support, he raced onto a Marinaro through-ball to run from the halfway line and knock the ball past Ballard to nick all three points for 'Combe.Ilfracombe are away to Brislington on Saturday.At the Sports Ground, Bideford thumped Hallen 5-1 to go sixth in the Toolstation Western League Premier table.New signing Jamie Densham made a dream start for the Robins, scoring all five goals - his first coming just three minutes into the game.Bideford are now looking ahead to what manager Sean Joyce described as "a season in one week". On Saturday, they are away to Truro City in an FA Vase fourth round tie, while on Tuesday, host Exeter City in a mouth-watering round two St Luke's Bowl cup clash. They cap the week off with a meeting with Barnstaple the following Saturday. Barnstaple Town put on a good display at second-placed Welton Rovers. But the close encounter at West Clewes went in Welton's favour as they ran out 2-1 winners.Barnstaple started the brightest and were unlucky not to have been two-up within the first 15 minutes when they saw a brace of efforts rebound off of the Welton post. Town did take the lead after 24 minutes when Danny Tapp was brought down in the penalty area and Kevin Squire finished from the spot.Just as it was looking that Barum would go into the break a goal to the good, Welton snatched a 45th minute equaliser.In the second half, Town had Liam Raybould stretchered off, before second half substitute Lee Francis was sent off for two bookable offences.Welton made sure of the points when Dean Evans scored their winner on 63 minutes.