Bideford fightback falls short at St Neots in Southern League
DESPITE a rousing second-half fightback, Bideford were beaten 5-3 at St Neots Town in the Evo-Stik League Southern premier division.
The Robins were stunned as Jordan Gent, John-Paul Duncliffe, Ben Mackey (penalty) and Lewis Hilliard put the home side 4-0 up by half time.
Mackey struck again to make it 5-0 soon after the break before Bideford showed their character with a fine response.
Substitute Richard Groves scored with a free kick, Matt Bye broke from midfield to slot the second and St Neots were rocking as Sean Downing added the third in the 78th minute.
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Although the visitors continued to press forward, St Neots held out for the win to go second in the table. Bideford remain just outside the bottom two, one point head of Gosport Borough.
Barnstaple Town lost 3-1 at home to Gillingham Town in the Toolstation Western League premier division.
After taking a second-minute lead through Ethan Phillips, Barum conceded a soft equaliser to Jack Vallis with a free header at a corner.
Dan Cox headed Gillingham ahead on the hour and Barnstaple's chances suffered another blow when goalkeeper Darren Rose was taken off with a thigh injury.
Ian Rowe, a defender, took over in goal but was powerless to prevent a second goal from Cox in stoppage time.
The win took Gillingham up to third while Barnstaple remain bottom of the table, three points adrift of Willand Rovers.
Ilfracombe Town are through to the second round of the Western League's Les Phillips Cup.
The premier division side beat first division opponents Cribbs Friend Life 2-0 at Marlborough Park this afternoon.
After a goalless first half, the victory came with first goals of the season for Gary Skinner and Scott Huxtable. Skinner's strike was also his first for the club.