The Peacocks made it an incredible 28 successive Evo-Stik League games unbeaten with a 1-0 victory at Bideford yesterday afternoon (2nd April).
Despite the narrow scoreline, Town were good value for the win and could have ended up with more goals against the Robins who are still vying for a play-off spot. Great work by the Bideford groundstaff in the morning saw the game get the go-ahead, with Town well in control in the first half but unable to make the breakthrough. A header from Nuno Felix hit the crossbar early on while Dan Sullivan on several occasions and Shane White both came close while Lloyd Irish made the one save from Ryan Turner at the other end. Turner missed the hosts’ best opportunity after the break when shooting wide of the target when through but the Peacocks again enjoyed much the better of it, with Pierce Mitchell’s shot turned wide and Sullivan and Ollie Chamberlain both having chances. The deadlock was finally broken after 70 minutes when Chamberlain’s header from Sullivan’s cross was saved but not held by Bideford keeper Steve Oliver and Matt Wright tucked in the loose ball. Town threatened to add more to their tally as they saw out the rest of the game relatively comfortably. With Salisbury losing at Wimborne, Town’s win puts them 17 points clear at the top as they close in on securing the title.
Reaction | Manager Leigh Robinson commented: “In the heavy conditions it was a great win. I thought we looked thoroughly well organised, a threat going forward and were in control of the game throughout. We’ve been sloppy defensively recently giving away some bad goals so a clean sheet today was particularly pleasing. With results elsewhere going our way the picture becomes very clear now in terms of the results we need and hopefully we can achieve this as soon as possible. Great to see so many fans at an away day making loads of noise during the game and in the bar and we hope to give them something else to celebrate soon.”