Saturday 4th October 1997
Bideford 0 Bridport 1
FA Carlsberg Vase Second Qualifying Round
At: Sports Ground, Kingsley Road
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: £3 + 50p (seat); Programme: 50p
A mistake was always going to settle this tie between two Screwfix Direct League Premier Division sides, which had few clear-cut goalscoring opportunities. Visitors Bridport were the side that progressed to the next round with an 83rd minute own goal. Mike Gilbert had the misfortune to send a back header from a bouncing throughball past his advancing goalkeeper into an empty net. Bideford played over an hour with ten men after player-manager Dean Edwards was involved in a skirmish inside the Bridport area which left Brent Ireland on the ground. The former Wolves and Stafford Rangers striker received a straight red card for his part of the incident.
Bideford (red/white/white): 1. Jason Cadle, 2. Jamie Vittles, 3. Gary Rice, 4. Mike Gilbert, 5. Paul Wilmot, 6. Paul Compton, 7. Scott Kaazikmae, 8. Brian Stark, 9. Scott Cookson, 10. Dean Edwards, 11. Tim Gilbert. Subs: 12. Steve Barry (not used), 14. Ray Roberts (for Wilmot, 52), 15, Danny Bell (for Kaazikmae, 85).
Bridport (sky blue and black stripes / black / blue): 1. Martin Peters, 2. Jorge Diaz, 3. Richard Drake, 4. Craig Robinson, 5. Brent Ireland, 6. Wayne Behan, 7. Paul Toms, 8. Mark Carter, 9. Jamie Reeve, 10. Dave Whalley, 11. Chris Evans. Subs: 12. Ben Steadman (not used), 13. Ian Baker (not used), 14. Royston Davies (not used).
Referee: Malcolm West.
0-1 Mike Gilbert (83 og)
Bideford: Tim Gilbert (YC, 20), Dean Edwards (RC, 26)
Bridport: Craig Robinson (YC, 51)