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Larkhall Athletic
Bideford
Full time
S Downing (65')
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 111

LARKHALL ATHLETIC 0 BIDEFORD 1

DOWNING KEEPS ROBINS IN THE HUNT

Sean Downing’s second half goal gave Bideford a much needed three points over Larkhall Athletic on Saturday in a repeat of last season’s fixture at the Plain Ham Ground. The Robins’ 1-0 win ended a run of three straight defeats and keeps them in the hunt for the playoffs with seven games remaining.

It was a workmanlike performance on a heavy pitch from The Robins who had the lion’s share of possession and opportunities but were unable to find a way through in the first half. Downing, Kevin Squire and Josh Key were all denied by Larks’ keeper Shaun Semmens while Ryan Turner and Dan Western were both off target.

In the second half Stephen Reed, Dan Harrison and Key again went close but it was Downing who got the all important goal on 65 minutes. Steve Oliver spotted Downing in space out on the right and The Robins’ number four took the ball on, beat a defender and lifted the ball over the advanced Semmens with a super finish.

Larkhall worked hard but their best efforts all flew off target with the exception of one which was routinely saved by Oliver. The win leaves Bideford six points off the playoff positions with two games in hand. Next up is North Leigh at the Sports Ground on Tuesday night.

Bideford: Oliver, Sampson, Allan, Harrison (Mayne 85), Reed, Bye, Western, Downing, Key, Squire (Seymour 54), Turner (Wood 63). Subs: Mayne, Carter, Wood, Seymour, Hancox.

Goal: Downing 65

Attendance: 111

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65:00
Goal Sean Downing scores for Bideford

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Sean Downing scores for Bideford
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  • Larkhall Athletic
  • Bideford
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  • Sean Downing Goal 65:00'

Team selection

Oliver, Steve Oliver, Steve
Sampson , Ian Sampson , Ian
Allan, Craig Allan, Craig
Key, Joshua Key, Joshua
Harrison, Dan Harrison, Dan
Reed, Stephen Reed, Stephen
Downing, Sean Downing, Sean
Western, Dan Western, Dan
Squire, Kevin Squire, Kevin
Turner, Ryan Turner, Ryan
Bye, Matt Bye, Matt
Larkhall Athletic
  • 1. Semmens
  • 2. Arndale
  • 3. Winter
  • 4. Britton
  • 5. Jones
  • 6. Dryden
  • 7. Lambert
  • 8. Bater
  • 9. King
  • 10. Baker
  • 11. Gould
  • 12. Tumelty
  • 13. Peel
  • 14. Elliott

League round up

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AFC Totton
1
2
Barnstaple Town
0
4
Cirencester Town
1
1
Bristol Manor Farm
1
2
Wimborne Town
Salisbury
2
3
Slimbridge
1
3
Swindon Supermarine
Taunton Town
1
0
Evesham United
Winchester City
4
1

League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Didcot Town 42 73
7. Cirencester Town 42 73
8. Bideford 42 72
9. Bristol Manor Farm 42 69
10. AFC Totton 42 66
11. Winchester City 42 61
12. Kidlington 42 57

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