A LAST-MINUTE strike saw Highworth Town suffer an agonising 1-0 defeat at Bideford in Southern League Division One South on Saturday.

A much-changed Worthians side owing to injuries dug deep in Devon, only to be undone by Toby Down’s strike at the death.

Highworth boss Jeff Roberts admitted the defeat was a bitter pill to swallow, believing the resolve shown by his side prior to that deserved to be rewarded with a point.

“It is always hard to take when you conceded in the 90th minute,” said Roberts.

“We had six or seven players out so had to grab a few from the reserves and we started out quite leggy.

“After that, it was quite end-to-end and we had a couple of good opportunities, which we really should have taken.

“We played some quite good stuff in the first half, but in the second half, we were under the cosh all the time.

“It was just one of those where we dug in but then gave a silly free-kick away in the last minute and they’ve scrambled the ball in.

“The lads threw themselves in the way of everything in the second half and if we had come away with a draw, it would have been a hard-earned point.”

The defeat makes it three in a row for Highworth, who are now down in 14th in the table.