Bideford lose as rain disrupts fixture list
Bideford will be looking forward to home comforts following three weeks on the road which culminated in Saturday's 1-0 Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division defeat at Hitchin Town.
Sean Joyce's road-weary Robins return to the Sports Ground next Saturday and a game against mid-table rivals Bashley.
Despite Saturday's loss by the odd goal at Hitchin – scored by Liam Toomey in the 52nd minute – Bideford remain 15th in the table with nine games remaining.
The north Devon side are eight points clear of the relegation zone and a win over Bashley will go a long way to consolidating their place in the Southern League top flight at the first time of asking.
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Saturday's game started well for Bideford with skipper Matt Hockley, top scorer Sean Downing and recalled target man Kevin Squire all testing goalkeeper Martin Bennett. However it was Toomey who settled the outcome, skirting around Bideford goalkeeper Tim Sandercombe before bundling the ball home off an upright.
On-loan Torquay United midfield duo Karl Baker and Saul Halpin both made their Bideford bows. Baker started on the left side of midfield while Halpin was given a second-half introduction.
Elsewhere heavy downpours, mixed with thunder and hail storms, caused a familiar winter wash-out of non-League fixtures across the region – including Truro City's home Blue Square Bet South match against star-studded Eastleigh at Treyew Road.
Truro's home ground – like many football pitches in Cornwall – was waterlogged and failed a morning inspection by officials.
Basement side Truro's next league match – following last Tuesday's well-merited 1-0 win at mid-table Sutton United – is at home to runaway leaders Welling United next Saturday, weather permitting.
Caretaker player-manager Kevin Hill will have to wait at least until tomorrow before leading out Tiverton Town, following the postponement of their Southern League Division One South and West match at second-from-bottom Winchester City.
Tiverton are due to host Paulton Rovers in a rescheduled league match tomorrow night at Ladysmead.
Taunton Town's next league match is on Wednesday at home to Merthyr Town.
Elsewhere, Willand Rovers' Les Phillips Cup quarter-final at home to Toolstation Western League Premier Division rivals Melksham Town was rained off for a week. The tie has been swiftly rescheduled to take place at Silver Street next Saturday.
Willand – who visit Larkhall Athletic in the league on Thursday night – have rescheduled their home league match against Wells City, due to be next Saturday, for Tuesday, April 9. Rovers now face the prospect of at least nine games in April. No Western League matches were completed at the weekend.