The Peacocks completed their home programme in the Evo-Stik League for this season with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Bideford this afternoon (17th April). It was a laboured display going forward by Town who never hit a tempo whilst at the other end Lloyd Irish made several smart stops to keep the scoreboard blank. Town missed a great chance to take the lead inside the first minute when Jordan Rogers headed Ross Staley's cross wide of the target (as pictured) before Irish saved well from a Sean Downing header. Staley's effort skimmed the post while Pierce Mitchell's shot was held by Joe Moore and Rogers saw a header cleared off the line as the opening 45 minutes ended goalless. The second half was even more unconvincing from Town who too often resorted to the long ball. Craig Duff came close but opportunities were generally scarce whilst Bideford threatened on the break, with Ben Watson firing wide and Irish holding a Downing shot. The Town keeper then pulled off another fine save after Downing had met a Matty Bye free kick but the home side had to make do with a point. With Salisbury winning, the result sees the Peacocks slip to third and they will now refocus and aim to finish the season with three points at North Leigh this weekend. Match report can be viewed HERE and match photos from club photographers Tim Norbury and Colin Andrews can be viewed HERE and HERE
Reaction - manager Leigh Robinson said:" A very frustrating afternoon and certainly a poor performance in an attacking sense. We just couldn't get going, lacked a spark, didn't win anywhere near enough second ball and didn't show enough desire in the box. It's not uncommon to see a performance like that after Saturday / Monday fixtures but we brought in fresh legs to try and prevent that but simply didn't play well enough. It's a shame but far from a disaster though. This team has pulled off some amazing wins this season against the odds so our chances of going up are (as it stands) no different to the start of the day."