North Devon teams survive in FA Cup

North Devon’s trio of representatives in the FA Cup are still in the hat, although two of those sides now face midweek replays.

Bideford were the only home side to confirm their place in the next round after a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Bridgwater United.

After a tight opener the Robins went close with a header from Ben Gerring but were also grateful to Summer signing Adam Hill for a goal-line clearance after goalkeeper Adam Seedhouse Evans was beaten by a Bridgwater effort.

The deadlock was broken four minutes into the second half and a fine goal from Bideford, with former Exeter City winger Joe Charles delivering an accurate cross for Craig Duff to drive home. The Robins then managed the rest of the match magnificently to secure their progress.

FA Cup in the sun

Bideford can now devote his full attention to the opening weekend of the Southern League campaign, with Hamworthy United as visitors on Saturday.

Ilfracombe Town had a difficult trip to Sherborne Town, the West League Premier Division champions last season, and the Dorset side took the lead with a goal from Ashley Guppy just before half-time .

The Bluebirds rallied after the break and equalized on time to stage a home replay on Tuesday night at the Bideford Sports Ground.

Barnstaple Town will also need a replay to secure a place in the next round and a tough trip to Cornwall to face a dangerous Mousehole side, who played well winning a 1-1 draw at Mill Road.

Barum started brilliantly on a fine summer day and deserved the lead given to him by Tor Swann but Mousehole recovered to win a penalty before half-time, which was converted by Tallan Mitchell.

Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Exmouth Town suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Buckland Athletic, Falmouth Town beat Saltash United by the same scoreline in a Cornish derby and Willand Rovers also won 2-1 at home to Wellington.

This weekend will take Barnstaple to Shepton Mallet in the West League, while Ilfracombe host Keynsham Town.

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