Kevin Squire on song again as Bideford steer clear
Bideford target man Kevin Squire was on target again as the Robins continued to ease away from the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division basement.
Squire made it two goals in two games as Sean Joyce's Robins kicked off December with an eye-catching 1-1 draw at fifth-placed Barwell on Saturday.
Squire struck in the 58th minute to give the Robins the lead in Leicestershire, although their high-flying hosts replied two minutes later through striker Matt West.
Nevertheless, the draw represented another step in the right direction – and a third away League draw – for Joyce's promoted side as they begin to find their feet in the Southern League top flight.
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Joyce plans to take a mix-and-match team – first team men, reserves and fringe players – to Plymouth club Elburton Villa tomorrow night for a Devon St Luke's Cup tie ahead of Saturday's big home League test against table-toppers Hemel Hempstead Town at the Sports Ground.
Tiverton slipped to fourth in Division One South and West following a second top-of-the-table defeat in a week, 2-1 at home to promotion rivals Poole Town at Ladysmead.
Tivvy, beaten by the odd goal at leaders Hungerford Town in their previous League game, were trailing 2-0 before new signing Dave Pearse netted a 76th-minute reply.
It was Pearse's first goal for Tiverton following his recent switch from divisional rivals Bridgwater Town, who have swooped for Willand Rovers striker Stan Paxton.
Tiverton's next home game is a rescheduled Red Insure Cup tie against Paulton Rovers tomorrow night, following last week's wash-out.
Skipper Simon Ingram was on target for Taunton Town as they drew 2-2 at home to Southampton side Sholing.
Rodney Marsh's 59th-minute effort was turned into his own goal by Sholing defender Lee Bright as Leigh Robinson's Peacocks rallied from 2-0 down to set up an exciting finale.
Player-manager Ross Middleton's tenth-placed Ilfracombe Town drew 0-0 at Toolstation Western League leaders Cadbury Heath, while basement side Barnstaple Town lost to 2-0 at home to 13th-placed Radstock Town.
Second-from-bottom Willand won 2-1 at Wells City to move within a point of their hosts with two games in hand. Danny Jee and James Ansell (penalty) were on target for Rovers, who included new capture Scott Rogers, the former Tiverton, Forest Green Rovers and Newport County midfield player.
Antony Lynch's Buckland Athletic lost 3-1 at fifth-placed Street.