Mark Saunders to build on draw at Taunton
Mark Saunders, Tiverton Town's player-manager, is keeping his fingers crossed for fair weather in 2013.
Saunders' Yellows kicked off the new year with a goalless Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West derby draw at Taunton Town.
Saunders admitted: "It was a good point. Taunton are a big side, different to the one we beat earlier in the year and to be honest if it wasn't for our goalkeeper Chris Wright we would not have come away with a point.
"In the first half they were the better side and Wrighty had to make three top saves to keep us in it. The second half was a lot more even, if anything we might have shaded it, but I am looking at it as a point won – especially as we had four players out."
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Tiverton remain fourth in ahead of today's clash at home to second--from-bottom Bishop's Cleeve, whose New Year's Day clash at home to Cinderford Town was washed out. The Villagers have only played one of their scheduled last four League fixtures, losing 1-0 at Evesham United on Boxing Day, while Tiverton have only played once since a 2-2 home draw with Evesham in mid-December.
Tivvy's trip to Abingdon United was postponed as were money-spinning home Christmas holiday games against Clevedon Town, on Boxing Day, and Paulton Rovers, on December 29, due to extensive flooding at Ladysmead.
Saunders said: "The pitch was under a foot of water. It's been a massive mopping up operation, but fingers crossed we will be fine this weekend and finally the forecast looks a lot better."
Bideford boss Sean Joyce was delighted with his side after their fourth successive Southern League Premier Division home win, 2-1 against promotion-chasing Weymouth on New Year's Day.
Joyce is hoping the Robins' impressive home run will give his side more confidence away from the Sports Ground in the second half of their first season in the top flight.
Bideford visit tenth-placed Gosport Borough today seeking to avenge a 2-0 home League defeat on the second Saturday of the new season and a 2-0 FA Cup knock-out at Privett Park in September.
Joyce's side are buoyed by back-to-back wins, after their first away victory, 1-0 at Frome Town on Boxing Day.
Joyce admits: "It wasn't pretty but it's our first away win and I am not complaining. Three points is three points."
Bideford start the day in 14th place, eight points behind Weymouth in fifth place, and eight points clear of second-from-bottom Redditch United.