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Evans sees red as Truro City are beaten by Bideford
2:06pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
Truro City tasted defeat for the first time this season after losing 2-0 at home to North Devon rivals Bideford on Bank Holiday Monday.
As much as the scoreline, the game will be remembered for the bad tempered atmosphere in which it was played after Truro had Dan Evans sent off and referee Steve Annis awarded seven yellow cards to players from both sides.
A bland and uninspiring first half briefly came to life just before the break when Bideford's Craig Duff opened the scoring after City failed to track his run into the box.
Duff's neat finish comfortably beat Truro's third-choice keeper Luke Payne, who was standing in for the absent Ollie Chenoweth.
But there was little else to shout about in a drab first half.
The crowd of over 500 will no doubt have been glad to hear the referee's whistle, but if anything the second half was even worse.
Despite strikers Liam Eddy and Lewis Coombes looking sporadically dangerous, Truro failed to create any meaningful goal scoring opportunities as Bideford tested their patience by slowing the game down.
Ten minutes from time City's patience finally snapped when Dan Evans sent Bideford striker Owen Howe tumbling and referee Annis gave him his marching orders.
A miserable afternoon was compounded by Bideford's second goal soon after. It came in the 87th minute courtesy of a Richard Groves' free kick.
Truro drop to 14th in the Calor Southern League, but more alarming for White Tigers fans will be the quality of the performance.
But Steve Massey's side will not have long to redeem themselves. They entertain Hitchen Town at Treyew Road on Saturday.