Bideford held by St Neots in Evo-Stik League Southern
BIDEFORD had to settle for a goalless draw at home to St Neots in the Evo-Stik League Southern premier division this afternoon.
Both teams went close to a winner in the closing stages as Sean Downing, the Robins' winger, hit the post and Ben Mackey struck the crossbar for the visitors.
After the 5-3 defeat in the away fixture in November, Bideford were far tighter defensively this time with Aaron Harper-Penman and Rob Farkins leading a strong display from the back four.
The point keeps them 15th in the table, one place and two points below St Neots. Bideford are at home again on Tuesday when Cambridge City visit the Sports Ground.
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In the Toolstation Western League, Barnstaple Town went down to a second successive defeat to Bitton. A week after winning 3-1 at Mill Road, Bitton scored a goal in each half, through Ryan Batten and Mark Salter, to beat Barnstaple 2-0 in the home fixture.
With Wells City winning 3-0 at Bristol Manor Farm, Barnstaple are now 10 points adrift at the bottom of the premier division table.
Ilfracombe Town's home game against Cadbury Heath was called off this morning because the Marlborough Park pitch was frozen.
Ilfracombe forward Billy Tucker scored a hat-trick this afternoon to take Devon under-18s into the final of the Mick Parry Cup. Tucker scored all the goals in a 3-0 win over Gloucestershire in the semi-final at the Devon FA ground in Newton Abbot. Devon will play Berkshire and Buckinghamshire in the final on April 6.
Witheridge returned to free-scoring form in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League with a 6-0 win away to Penzance, the premier division's bottom team. Jordan Charran scored a hat-trick, Steve Ebdy got two and the other came from Toby Nicholson as Witheridge put 5-0 and 7-2 defeats in the past week to Plymouth Parkway and Plymouth Argyle behind them.
Appledore's excellent form continued in first division (east) with a 3-2 win at Totnes and Dartington. The Fishermen remain fifth after seven wins and a draw in eight games.
Holsworthy were crushed 11-0 away to Helston Athletic in first division (west).