Duff and Groves let Bideford claim bragging rights at Truro
Bideford continued their fine start to the Southern League Premier Division season with a 2-0 win at Westcountry rivals Truro City yesterday.
Goals from Craig Duff and Richard Groves at the end of each half decided a poor game at Treyew Road.
Truro finished with ten players after Dan Evans was sent off in the closing stages for a last-man foul on Bideford striker Owen Howe.
In a game littered with free-kicks, there was a rare moment of quality when Duff broke behind the home defence from a pass by former Torquay United midfielder Matt Hockley to open the scoring in the 38th minute.
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City went close when a cross-shot from Cody Cooke was parried by goalkeeper Steve Oliver, but the Cornish side struggled to create chances against an imposing three-man defence of Rob Farkins, Jack Furzer and former Truro player Ben Gerring.
Without playmaker Sean Downing, who failed a fitness test on a knee injury, Bideford lacked pace and inventiveness in the final third. But, after Evans was dismissed with 12 minutes to go, they almost grabbed a second goal when Howe's effort hit the crossbar and Kevin Squire's follow-up was saved by home goalkeeper Luke Payne.
Substitute Groves finally sealed the North Devon side's away win with three minutes left, sweeping a free-kick past the Truro defensive wall and low into the corner.
Ten-man Tiverton Town's dramatic 2-1 derby win over Taunton Town yesterday was their first victory of the season in Division One South and West of the Southern League.
Striker Jules Emati-Emati was dismissed in the second half for two bookable offences, before Josh Searle opened the scoring after fine work from fellow Tiverton substitute Josh Concanen.
Taunton equalised through Nat Pepperell's penalty, given by an assistant referee for handball. Despite withstanding heavy pressure, the home side snatched a 90th-minute winner through Concanen.
Witheridge's stay at the top of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division was a brief one.
A 5-2 win at Liskeard Athletic took them to the summit on Saturday but they suffered their first defeat of the season yesterday, losing 2-0 at home to Ivybridge Town, who replaced them in top spot.
Joe Truelove gave Ivybridge the lead in the 11th minute, shooting past goalkeeper Joe Tickle after a long clearance from his goalkeeper. Truelove grabbed his second moments later when he got the better of Tickle in a one-on-one.
Ollie Moody's injury-time strike clinched a 2-1 victory for Penryn Athletic at Peninsula League Division One West title favourites Helston Athletic.
Helston took a 66th-minute lead through Hugh Howlett. Penryn fought back, and with nine minutes remaining Luke Brabyn equalised. Moody's long-range drive went in off the crossbar to win the game.