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Bideford beat Braunton to keep pressure on Torridgeside at the top of the North Devon League

By NDJMark  |  Posted: May 02, 2013

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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

contention.  

"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

for Braunton.

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

(7.30pm).

  

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