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Saul Halpin scores as Bideford beat Bashley in Calor League

By NDJMark  |  Posted: August 31, 2013

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Saul Halpin scored as Bideford maintained their fine start to the season with a 1-0 win at Bashley.

The Robins moved up to third in the Calor League after battling for victory in a match marred by a serious injury for home player Brad Morris.

Play was held up for an hour as Morris was taken to hospital with a neck injury at the end of the first half.

With Steve Oliver suspended, Bideford handed a debut to Ben Hirst, a goalkeeper from Bodmin who has previously played for Wadebridge Town reserves. 

The inexperienced deputy did well to secure a clean sheet and was well protected by a resolute defence led by Rob Farkins and Jack Furzer. 

Bideford were on top in the first half with Craig Duff and Kevin Squire going close and Halpin and Owen Howe having efforts saved.

Howe and Squire, the front pair, combined to send Halpin clear for his first goal of the season in the 29th minute. 

After a lengthy delay when Morris was injured in an innocuous challenge,  the match never really regained momentum.

As Bashley threw players forward in search of an equaliser, Biddy seemed to be holding out comfortably until stoppage time when Ian Richardson saw an effort strike the crossbar and the rebound hit Hirst and went over.  

Missing Steve Orchard, Sean Downing and Ben Gerring with injuries, it was another resilient effort from the Robins after Monday's 2-0 victory at Truro City.

Bideford have taken seven points from three away games and have already matched the two wins achieved on the road  last season.

They will look to continue their excellent form with a home game against fourth-placed Weymouth on Tuesday (7.45pm).  

Bideford: Ben Hirst, Ian Sampson, Jack Furzer, Rob Farkins, Connor Clifford, Craig Duff, Matt Hockley, Matt Bye, Saul Halpin, Kevin Squire, Owen Howe. Subs: Nick Barker, Ethan Phillips, Richard Groves, Ben Gerring.

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