Bideford defeated by Banbury United in Southern League
BIDEFORD were beaten 2-1 by Banbury United in the Evo-Stik League Southern premier division this afternoon.
The visitors took a 2-0 lead through Marvin Martin and Wayne Blossom before the Robins managed a stoppage-time consolation from Matt Andrew.
Former Truro City goalkeeper Tim Sandercombe made his debut for Bideford in place of Paul Hider, who was dropped to the bench.
Sandercombe needed to be on his toes to make several saves as Banbury looked dangerous with Adeyinka Talabi leading their attack.
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Sean Downing went close with a lob for the home side and Kevin Squire had a glancing header saved by Lewis Kidd before Banbury went ahead on 32 minutes. Bideford failed to deal with a long throw and Martin pounced to score through a crowd of players.
United doubled their advantage 14 minutes into the second half when Blossom seized on a loose ball to beat Sandercombe with a lob from long range.
Bideford struggled to match the standard of recent performances and Banbury held out for a win which puts them two points and two places above the Robins at 14th in the table.
Andrew finally found space in the area to score in the 94th minute but the midfielder's third goal in three games proved too little too late.
In the Toolstation Western League, Barnstaple Town were beaten 6-2 at home to leaders Brislington.
In the only premier division game to beat the weather today, Brislington led 4-0 at half time. Barnstaple, without a league win since August 25 and with new manager Tom Bulley in charge of his first home match, did well to draw the second half 2-2.
Ilfracombe Town's fixture at Wells City was postponed. Combe return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Barnstaple for the North Devon derby (7.45pm).