Shaun Copp strike gives Ilfracombe win over Bishop Sutton
A SPECTACULAR strike from Shaun Copp gave Ilfracombe Town a 2-1 win over Bishop Sutton in the Toolstation Western League.
The substitute scored with his first touch, drilling the 80th-minute winner at Marlborough Park this afternoon.
Playing their first home game since November 17, Combe produced a determined display against the premier division's third-placed team.
Goalkeeper Steve Oliver made some important saves before Steve Holland put them ahead with his third goal of the season.
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After pouncing on a defensive mistake, Billy Tucker was fouled by Sutton keeper Ashley Clarke but the referee played advantage as Holland tapped the ball into the empty net.
The visitors pressed for an equaliser in the second half and were rewarded in the 65th minute when Billy Downes headed in from close range.
At that stage they looked the team most likely to win it but Ilfracombe rallied and Copp's swerving shot ensured a fine start to 2013, moving the Bluebirds up to 13th in the table.
New Barnstaple Town manager Tom Bulley finally took charge of his first game after a succession of postponements but it ended in disappointment as they were beaten 3-0 at Melksham Town. Barum remain bottom of the premier division, nine points adrift of safety.
Bideford's poor record against Gosport Borough continued in the Evo-Stik League Southern.
Despite a strong performance, the Robins paid for missed chances and were beaten 2-0 by the Hampshire club for the third time this season.
Two goals from Adam Wilde put Boro clear before half time as Bideford dropped one place to 15th in the premier division.