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Taunton Held But Stretch Their Lead To Thirteen Points

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Taunton Town stretched their lead at the top of the Evo-Stik League South & West table to thirteen points, although they were held to a 1-1 draw at the Viridor Stadium by Bideford AFC.

Bideford were looking to return to the top six but faced an uphill struggle against a Peacocks outfit who haven`t lost in twenty-one matches.

Taunton went ahead in the 18th minute when Dan Sullivan scored with a fine effort

The Peacocks` Matt Wright hit the bar with two headers but the Devonians pulled level in the 68th minute when Ben Seymour slotted home a penalty.

Bideford are now three points behind sixth-placed Winchester City, who suffered a surprise 4-2 defeat at bottom-markers Bishops Cleeve – only their fourth win of the season to date.

It`s been a bad few days for Craig Davis` side as they suffered a 4-1 defeat at nearby Bristol Manor Farm last Saturday, and they fell behind as early as the 2nd minute to a Harlie Price effort.

City replied with an 18th minute penalty converted by Jamie Barron.

But a Danny King own goal after 22 minutes was followed by a Harrison Iddles goal on the half-hour mark to give Cleeve a 3-1 interval lead.

Joe Bates increased that to 4-1 with an 81st minute penalty, rendering Ollie Bailey`s 88th minute second for Winchester as just a consolation.


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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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