Bideford hold firm and edge closer to safety after goalless draw
It is as you were for Bideford and St Neots Town following their goalless Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division draw at the Sports Ground.
The result means Sean Joyce's Robins remain two points and a place behind the Saints with a match in hand.
Bideford, who host play-offs chasing Cambridge City tomorrow, start the day in 15th having claimed four points from two home games in a week.
Saturday's draw meant Bideford – and former Truro City keeper Tim Sandercombe – have kept back-to-back clean-sheets for the second time this season.
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Sandercombe was not at Bideford when they beat St Albans City 1-0 and Kettering 4-0, back-to-back, at home in mid-November.
Importantly for Bideford boss Joyce, Saturday's draw means another point towards safety and consolidation in the Robins' first term in the Southern League top flight.
They remain nine points clear of second-from-bottom Bedworth United with 13 games to play.
That will be reduced after the Robins host eighth-placed Cambridge City in a rescheduled match tomorrow at the Sports Ground.
City will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's 2-1 defeat by play-offs rivals Bedford Town, who fought back from 1-0 down to win with a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to edge above Cambridge into seventh spot.
Tiverton Town boss Mark Saunders was hoping their midweek comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Shortwood would signal a turnaround in fortunes for his Division One South and West side.
However, play-offs rivals Cirencester Town had other ideas and notched their third victory in a row, triumphing 2-1 at Ladysmead on Saturday thanks to an 88th-minute Sam Packer winner on the counter.
Packer struck just four minutes after Tiverton top scorer Joe Bushin had cancelled out Sam Collier's 70th-minute opener.
Tiverton – who visit Bridgwater Town next Saturday – are four points behind seventh-placed Cirencester with three games in hand.
Taunton Town edged up to fourth from bottom following a 1-1 home draw with fellow strugglers Abingdon United at Wordsworth Drive and yet another postponement for Bridgwater Town, who have only played 21 league games.
Jamie Short smashed in a 25 yard, 81st-minute leveller for Taunton against 17th-placed Abingdon, who led on 50 minutes through Aaron Woodley's goal.
Steve Orchard, James Ansell (penalty) and Owen Howe – with a 65th-minute winner – scored for resurgent Willand Rovers as they won 3-2 at Gillingham Town in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
Rovers' victory also owed a deal to another impressive display by experienced goalkeeper Ryan Draper.
Ilfracombe Town's home game against third-placed Cadbury Heath was frozen off. Buckland Athletic were beaten 2-1 at second-placed Brislington while basement side Barnstaple Town lost 2-0 at sixth-placed Bitton.