Bideford conceded three goals in the last 21 minutes in a 3-0 defeat at Corby Town in the Calor League this afternoon.
Defender Chris Carruthers scored twice at set plays and a late strike from Greg Mills rounded off the win to dent Bideford’s hopes of securing a play-off place in the Premier Division.
It might have been different for the visitors had a cracking long-range strike from Craig Duff not come back off the crossbar in a tight first half.
A makeshift back three of Nick Barker, Jack Furzer and Matt Hockley defended well for the Robins in the opening stages and keeper Steve Oliver made saves from Mills and Cleveland Taylor.
There was little to choose between the sides until the 69th minute when Curruthers found space at a corner to score with a header.
Bideford went close to an equaliser with Kevin Squire’s header superbly saved by Paul Walker and Matt Bye’s follow-up shot well blocked by Curruthers.
The defender then struck again at the other end of the pitch on 84 minutes, leaving Bideford with too much to do.
Mills added the third goal three minutes later, tapping in after good work from Taylor.
Bideford went close to a consolation but a 20-yard shot from sub Ethan Phillips was tipped over by Walker.