Evo-Stick Southern League One South West

A HARD working performance from Bideford and two goals from Matt Andrew saw Bideford maintain their unbeaten home record with a 3-2 win over North Leigh, their 10th of the season in Evo-Stick Southern League One South and West.

The win keeps the Robins second in the table, now three points behind Hungerford, who were beaten at the weekend.

Bideford opened their account after 19 minutes when an effort from Sean Downing was only parried by North Leigh keeper Adam Lonsdale and Andrew was there to slot the ball home.

They held the lead to go in 1-0 up at half-time, but wasted chances of making it more.

Ray Spear, making his first start in the league, and Richard Groves both put chances over the bar and Craig Herrod shot wide. The visiting keeper also kept out other opportunities by Herrod and Andrew.

Within minutes of the restart North Leigh drew level when a sharp turn by Brian Bowler enabled him to slot a shot under home keeper Ollie Chenoweth.

It was not until the 80th minutes that Bideford regained the lead, when Matt Hockley provided a pin point pass to set up Matt Bye.

Five minutes later substitute Jamie Mudge was the provider with a cross for Matt Andrew to head home his second goal to open up a seemingly comfortable 3-1 gap. But North Leigh still raised a few jitters when they scored a second goal on 89 minutes after Matt Hockley tripped a North Leigh player in the area and Stuart Ham put away the resulting penalty.

Two away games on the trot saw the Robins on a tough trip to Cinderford last night (Tuesday) to take on a side beaten only twice in 14 games and just two points below them in the league. On Saturday they are away to Didcot, who are in the lower reaches of the division.