Biggleswade Town turned in an insipid display as they deservedly lost to Southern League Premier basement side Bideford on Tuesday.
Defeat for the visitors would have confirmed their relegation with five games still to play. However their 2-0 victory lifted them off the bottom and they live to fight a little longer as the Devon side have rallied in the final months of the campaign.
Waders striker Tony Burnett did put an early header just wide but that was the home side’s only meaningful foray forward in the first half hour.
Meanwhile at the other end Dan Western smashed a shot against the bar in a first half where an ugly challenge on Burnett, leading to a booking, was one of the few talking points.
Bideford started the second half the stronger and deservedly went in front on 54 minutes through Western.
The lead was doubled on the hour when Billy Tucker delivered a great ball into the middle and Ben Wood converted from close range.
Conner Vincent was brought on as Biggleswade put three up front and he made a lively contribution. Waders spent much of the last half hour around the Bideford box but couldn’t find a way through, Effiong going closest with a header against the woodwork.
The season is drawing to a close for Waders who will hope to make the most of their final three fixtures and finish in the top half. They begin with a trip to Chippenham on Saturday before welcoming promotion-chasing Hitchin Town on April 16.