Bideford reserves returned to the top of the North Devon League
premier division with a 4-1 win over Braunton last night.
The Robins edged thee points ahead of Torridgeside who can
go back to the top on goal difference if they beat Bradworthy on Saturday.
Sam Stephens, the Bideford manager, believes Torridgeside
remain slight favourites for the title but was happy to see his team stay in
"We have kept the pressure on," he said. "A lot of people
probably expected us to slip up last night."
Without top scorer Will Nicholls due to injury, Bideford
still controlled the game.
Stephens put them ahead with a free kick, then went off with
an injury at half time.
Nathan Bate headed
the second goal at a corner before Ross Maynard pulled one back with a penalty
Aaron Stevens made it 3-1 with a penalty and Joe Grimley
rounded off a flowing move after good work from Jake England and Phil Kelly.
Bideford play their last game at Shamwickshire Rovers on
Wednesday, the same night Torridgeside finish their campaign with a trip to
Putford. If both teams take maximum points from their
remaining games, the championship will be decided on goal difference.
"I still think there's a twist somewhere," said Stephens. "If we only lose one game all season and don't
win the league, there's nothing to be ashamed of in that. We have only got a
squad of 16.
"In my eyes, we have been the best team but if Torridgeside
win it, congratulations to them."
Torridgeside are in action
tonight in the Torridge Cup final against Hatherleigh Town at Torrrington