Bideford could do without blank day
Bideford remain unbeaten in the Southern League Premier Division – but they will lose momentum this weekend.
After a superb 4-1 win over Chippenham Town on Tuesday, the Robins are without a fixture on Saturday.
Hinckley United, their scheduled opponents, have gone out of business after being wound up at Birmingham High Court on Monday.
The demise of the Leicestershire club means Bideford will not play again in the Premier Division until their trip to Redditch United on Monday, October 21.
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Sean Downing and Owen Howe were both prominent as Bideford scored three second-half goals to beat Chippenham on Tuesday. With a break of 13 days until their next league fixture, the Robins were determined to break a sequence of three successive draws.
"We had to win," manager Sean Joyce said. "That's why we went with an attacking line-up." Craig Duff and Rob Farkins returned from suspension, giving Bideford a full squad for the first time this season. That meant there was not even a place on the bench for Saul Halpin, Nick Barker or Ethan Phillips.
Tiverton Town head into Saturday's Southern League Division One South and West match at home to Stratford Town buoyed by what manager John Clarkson described as their best performance of the season so far.
Tivvy put Cinderford Town to the sword on Tuesday night, with Matt Wright scoring both goals in the second half in a dominant display. The 2-0 away win kept the Devon side in seventh place in the table.
Clarkson said: "A fair result would have been about seven or eight – it was our best display all season.
"In the first half, we had six or seven chances – and they were good, clear chances – but we hit the inside of the post, missed open goals, and went in 0-0 at half-time.
"In the second half, Shane Krac hit the post, then it hit the other post and came out, and I was thinking it was going to be the same again. Fortunately, we managed to score twice and it was comfortable.
"We passed, we moved, we created – it really was top drawer and the best we have played all season," the Tivvy boss added. "I spoke to their manager after the game and he agreed we should have been four or five up at half-time."
The double was also timely from Wright's point of view, with Clarkson stating earlier in the week that he was on the look-out for another striker.
Tivvy are awaiting international clearance for former Torquay United player Ed Palmer. following his return from Australia.