Bideford rescue late point at Wimborne Town in Evo-Stik League South West
PUBLISHED: 13:49 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:49 06 February 2018
Bideford fought back to earn a point at Wimborne on Saturday, adding to three points at AFC Totton last Tuesday
The latest of goals from Kevin Squire rescued a point for Bideford in Evo-Stik League South West on Saturday.
Squire headed home deep into stoppage time to equalise in a 2-2 draw at Wimborne Town.
It was Squire’s second goal of the season – four days after he struck the winning goal in a 3-2 win over AFC Totton for his first.
The Robins were 2-0 down before Ben Seymour sparked the comeback with six minutes remaining.
Former Barnstaple Town midfielder Lee Francis gave the visitors the lead after 17 minutes after being teed up by Holmes.
The Magpies were reduced to 10 men shortly after the second half got underway when James Stokoe was dismissed for an alleged stamp on Ben Carter.
The hosts doubled their lead with 15 minutes remaining when Holmes finished from close range at a corner.
Luke Burbidge almost made it three only to see his effort hit the crossbar and two minutes later the Robins were back in the game.
Seymour produced a fine effort from 25 yards to reduce the deficit.
Bideford went all out for the equaliser and were rewarded in stoppage time. Bye’s corner was met by none other than goalkeeper Steve Oliver, who had charged up for the set piece. He flicked a header on to Squire who did the rest.
Bideford manager Sean Joyce said: “When you get a point like that it does feel like a win.
“We were the better team in the first half, we passed it and kept it well and had some good chances.
“In the second half their midfielder got sent off for a stamp and the whole game changed after that.
“They were the better team. They created some good chances and we looked out of it and like we had run out of ideas.
“But we stayed in the game and hung in there.
“A lot of teams would have thrown in the towel but we didn’t, and it’s something we’ve done all season with the amount of times we’ve pulled points out of the bag, we keep going until the very end.
“To come away with four points from those two games is tremendous.
“They deserve all the praise they get at the moment.”
Goals in the final 10 minutes have earned Bideford nine more points in the league than they would have otherwise.
The results at Wimborne and Totton leave them ninth in League South West, but with as many as five games in hand on some of their rivals.
They’ve also bolstered the squad with the signing of three new players.
Joyce has addressed a lack of left-sided players with Ben Palmer joining from Taunton Town.
Midfielders Josh Key and Will Hancox have also signed for the Robins. All three were in the squad for the win over Totton.
The Robins are back in action tonight in the Devon St Luke’s Challenge Cup, with their quarter final against Tiverton Town.
Joyce has pledged to start Saturday’s substitutes for the cup fixture, with the winner to host Willand Rovers in the semi-final.
Bideford welcome Mangotsfield United to the Sports Ground on Saturday.