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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 Leaguepremier division with a 4-1 win over Braunton last night.

The Robins edged thee points ahead of Torridgeside who cango back to the top on goal difference if they beat Bradworthy on Saturday.

Sam Stephens, the Bideford manager, believes Torridgesideremain slight favourites for the title but was happy to see his team stay incontention.  

"We have kept the pressure on," he said. "A lot of peopleprobably expected us to slip up last night."

Without top scorer Will Nicholls due to injury, Bidefordstill controlled the game.

Stephens put them ahead with a free kick, then went off withan injury at half time.

Nathan Bate headedthe second goal at a corner before Ross Maynard pulled one back with a penaltyfor Braunton.

Aaron Stevens made it 3-1 with a penalty and Joe Grimleyrounded off a flowing move after good work from Jake England and Phil Kelly.

Bideford play their last game at Shamwickshire Rovers onWednesday, the same night Torridgeside finish their campaign with a trip toPutford.   If both teams take maximum points from theirremaining 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'twin the league, there's nothing to be ashamed of in that. We have only got asquad of 16.

"In my eyes, we have been the best team but if Torridgesidewin it, congratulations to them."    

 Torridgeside are in actiontonight in the Torridge Cup final against Hatherleigh Town at Torrrington(7.30pm).


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