BIDEFORD turned in one of their best performances of the season to record the top Western League win of the weekend on Saturday. The Robins not only sent second-placed Corsham packing, but handed the high-flying Wiltshire side - beaten only twice previous
BIDEFORD turned in one of their best performances of the season to record the top Western League win of the weekend on Saturday.The Robins not only sent second-placed Corsham packing, but handed the high-flying Wiltshire side - beaten only twice previously this season - a 5-1 hiding.Up and running from the start, Bideford were in front within three minutes and were rewarded for a display of good passing and movement with a steady stream of goals.Jamie Densham pounced from close range to net the first - and with the game still less than a quarter-hour old, Robbie Gough added a second with a spectacular diving header from a Steve Barker cross.A hiccup right on half-time saw keeper Kenny Griffiths beaten by a long-range chip for the visitors to narrow to 2-1 at the break.But any hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished as Ellis Laight widened the gap again with a close-range shot before Densham added his second and the Robins' fourthfollowing a well-worked attack. Barker provided the cross, Gough wrong-footed the defence with his dummy and Densham finished off.Young Matt Downing finished things off, coming on from the subs' bench and tucking away No 5 with a near-post shot.It was the sort of good all-round form the Robins would love to repeat when they get their second bite at the Les Phillips Cup cherry away to Truro on April 8.Both teams had made exits from the competition, only to be reinstated and paired against each other when their conquerors were both disqualified for fielding ineligible players.But before then the Robins' emphasis will be on moving up from their current sixth place to be among the Western League leaders.Their next challenge is a game away to Devizes on Saturday.There was disappointment for Barnstaple with a one-goal defeat at the hands of Street.In a scrappy game of few clear-cut chances it was the Somerset side who took the advantage and the points with a first half penalty. The goal came when keeper Jimmy Thorne was penalised for bringing down a Street striker. He did well to save the resultant spotkick, but Street players were quickest to react when the ball went loose.Defences held firm in the second half to give Street only their fifth win in 32 league games.Town will this Saturday entertain Chard, another of the only five teams now below them in the Premier Division.Ilfracombe travelled to Bristol to face a Manor Farm side still reeling from last week's Les Phillips League Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of the Bluebirds.The home side fared little better at the league reunion on Saturday, crashing to an ill-tempered 2-0 defeat against a solid and organised 'Combe side.There was no repeat of last weekend's 4-3 goal-fest as the Ilfracombe back four shrugged off what little pressure there was with ease. Leon Taswell opened the scoring for 'Combe after 20 minutes. The instinctive sticker was in the right place at the right time to tap in a ball that bobbled around the box after being spat lose from a free-kick.Playing up the hill and against the wind, Ilfracombe found it tricky to get the ball out, but dealt with things comfortably to take the lead into the break.In the second half, they doubled the lead, speedy Shaun Lewis latching onto a through-ball to finish well.Ilfracombe are at home to Frome Town on Saturday. On Tuesday, they are at home again, this time against Street, kick-off 7.45pm.