Late goals sink Bideford at Stourbridge in Evo-Stik League Southern
BIDEFORD conceded two late goals in a 3-1 defeat at Stourbridge in the Evo-Stik League Southern this afternoon.
Luke Benbow struck twice in the last six minutes, handing the Robins their first defeat in four games in the premier division.
In a tight first half, Aaron Harper-Penman went close for Biddy but was unable to score with a glancing header from Matt Bye's free kick.
Stourbridge went ahead with a 68th-minute penalty from Sean Geddes after Rob Farkins was judged to have handled.
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The visitors felt aggrieved at the decision and responded with an equaliser ten minutes later.
Sean Downing headed in a corner from Connor Clifford to score his 17th goal of the season.
But Stourbridge restored their advantage when Tim Sandercombe could only parry a shot and Benbow followed up to score.
The striker added his second goal moments later, taking the ball around the goalkeeper to round off a counter-attack.
Sean Joyce, the Bideford manager, said: "I couldn't see them breaking us down. I thought they had run out of ideas and if it wasn't for the penalty, I think it would have been 0-0."
Joyce must lift his squad for another away trip, at Arlesey Town in the premier division on Tuesday.
Ilfracombe Town also felt aggrieved over a penalty decision given for handball in their 2-1 defeat at Larkhall Athletic in the Les Phillips Cup.
Billy Tucker had given them the lead with a penalty after 30 minutes when Ryan Turner was brought down by goalkeeper Chris Snoody.
But the hosts hit back when Kane Dryden was judged to have handled a shot from Tom Welch and Simon Gilbert scored just after half time.
Combe's hopes were dented by injuries for defenders Gary Skinner and Josh Heafield and Nat Auckland nipped in to put Larkhall ahead on 58 minutes.
Although Turner had a late effort saved by Snoddy, the home team were good value for their win which sealed a place in the last eight.
Winterbourne were 1-0 winners in a Toolstation Western League match at Barnstaple Town.
It was an 11th successive home defeat for Barnstaple who have slipped a further point adrift at the bottom of the premier division table after Wells City, who are 11 points ahead, drew 1-1 with Longwell Green Sports.