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Torridgeside and Bideford set for thrilling North Devon League finale

By NDJMark  |  Posted: May 08, 2013

Aaron Stevens, of Bideford and Torridgeside's Jamie Bright in action

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It is shaping up to be the closest finish in the North Devon League premier division for years.

After their final fixtures tonight, either Torridgeside or Bideford reserves will be crowned champions.

And if both teams can finish the season with victories, it will come down to who can score the most goals.

They are currently locked together on 72 points at the top with Torridgeside heading the table by a better goal difference of one.

Both contenders know they need to win – and win well – but the challenge will be made difficult by opponents with plenty to play for.

Putford host Torridgeside and are desperate for three points themselves as they fight against relegation.

And Bideford make the short journey to East-the-Water to face local rivals Shamwickshire Rovers.

There is certainly no love lost between the sides and Shammy, despite an inconsistent season, will be trying everything to prevent their neighbours having a party at Pollyfield.

If the two teams finish level on points and goal difference, the league will be decided on goals scored. Bideford are stronger in that department having scored 105 compared to Torridgeside's 95.

The last time the premier division was decided on goal difference was 1997 when Shamwickshire, needing a four-goal victory, thrashed Fremington 7-2 to pip their opponents on a thrilling final day.

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