Sean Joyce wants to build on three-goal home win
Bideford bid to build on Tuesday's comprehensive 3-0 home win over Bedworth United when they host mid-table Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division rivals St Neots Town today.
Experienced midfield ace Matt Hockley top and tailed a fine Bideford performance with a 25th-minute opener and 81st-minute penalty to sandwich Matt Andrew's 65th-minute goal. The game also marked a first for new Bideford number one Tim Sandercombe – his first clean-sheet since joining the north Devon club from Truro City.
Bideford boss Sean Joyce – whose priority is consolidation in the Southern League top flight after promotion – admits the win over Bedworth was a "massive result" as it puts the Robins nine points clear of third-bottom United.
Tuesday's victory means Joyce's Robins kick off today's game just two points and two places behind their 13th-placed visitors from Cambridgeshire.
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The Robins will also be aiming to avenge a 5-3 defeat at St Neots on November 10, when Bideford trailed 5-0 before scoring three late goals through Richard Groves, Matt Bye and Sean Downing.
The visitors will have their own reasons for wanting to win at the Sports Ground, following back-to-back 1-0 home defeats to leaders Leamington, last Saturday, and 17th-placed Frome Town.
Tiverton Town boss Mark Saunders had reason for cheer on Tuesday night, when his Division One South and West side fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Shortwood United thanks to late goals from Michael Nardiello and David Steele. The Yellows scored in the 80th and 84th minutes.
Ahead of today's home game against Tivvy's play-off rivals Cirencester Town, in seventh place, Saunders said: "To score two goals late on like that made it feel like a win.
"I am hoping with the way we came back we can kick-on now, and that will be the turning point for us."
Saunders admitted that he has not looked at the table in the past month as his side have slipped out of the top five to eighth. Experienced former Torquay United central defender Kevin Hill (hamstring) remains ruled out by injury so Saunders anticipates starting with the back four of Adam and Alex Faux, Tom Gardiner and Josh Concanen in front of in-form goalkeeper Chris Wright.
Third-bottom Taunton Town, boosted by a midweek 4-3 home win over Winchester City, entertain Abingdon United at Wordsworth Drive today.