DAVE Webb absolved new signing Tyrell Belford from any culpability as the former Swindon Town goalkeeper's debut for Swindon Supermarine ended with him picking the ball out of the net five times.

Webb admitted his squad would need to personally reflect on their displays as Marine slumped to ninth in the Southern League West table after Devon visitors Bideford ran riot in a 5-0 triumph at the Webbswood Stadium.

Belford, 23, only signed with Marine on Saturday morning but found himself pitched straight into battle and his debut will not be one to look back on with fondness as his new side slumped alarmingly.

The former Liverpool youth player made 15 appearances for Town between 2013 and 2016 before departing Wiltshire and enjoying non-league stints at the likes of Oxford City, Nuneaton Town and latterly Hinckley AFC.

Webb said: "I knew he was back in Swindon. He's come back from the north and his partner is from the area so I just rang him on Friday morning and asked what his plans were for the remainder of the season.

"He said he just wanted to be a little more local. He knew us from his time at Swindon. I met him Friday afternoon, he came and had a look around the facilities and we sat and chatted and we managed to get it done. He was registered in the (Saturday) morning ready to play.

"He's an excellent keeper. Josh Hill is an excellent keeper. But it was just the opportunity to bring him in with his experience.

"His distribution was fantastic and it's just what has gone on in front of him that wasn't good enough.

"None of the goals were down to Ty. It was individual errors that have cost us massively.”

On-loan Exeter City man Ben Seymour proved Marine's tormentor-in-chief, scoring four times after Sean Downing had bagged his 100th goal for the visitors.

But Webb conceded Marine made the job easier for Bideford with a series of errors.

"We had three or four good chances to score, their keeper made a great save from Joe Shepherd in the first five or 10 minutes and we were in the ascendancy and playing well,” he added.

"But we didn't take those chances and gave a goal away. Another mistake made it 2-0 and another made it 3-0 and then it’s game over.

"They've got one of the best defensive records in the division, so you can't go three goals behind against Bideford and expect to get anything from the game.

"At the end, it was just rubbing salt into the wound, really.

"To concede five goals on your own pitch, it certainly doesn't sit well with me and it shouldn't sit well with the players.

"Every single one of them has been told after the game that they need to go away and reflect on this defeat because you just need more about you not to let that happen.

“Bideford are a good side but we've made a catalogue of individual errors that has handed them goals and you just can't do that against the better sides.”