Bideford manager Sean Joyce on Saturday’s win over Paulton Rovers

PUBLISHED: 13:49 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:49 16 April 2018

Bideford manager Sean Joyce.

Bideford manager Sean Joyce.


Bideford manager Sean Joyce has hailed a ‘massive’ win for his side at the Sports Ground on Saturday.

The Robins beat Paulton Rovers 2-1 to keep their play-off hopes in tact.

After missing a host of chances to go ahead, the Robins then found themselves having to battle back from 1-0 down.

Craig Allan and Kevin Squire found the net early in the second half to cancel out Mitch Tippins’ first-half free kick and claim victory.

With the Robins travelling to Kidlington tonight (Monday), before a home match against North Leigh on Thursday, Joyce said the win was a ‘massive one’.

“It sums our season up at home, we should have been 3-0 up in five minutes,” he said.

“I’m really pleased with the effort and work rate and the chances we’ve created. It was important to win – massively.

“It was another free kick that should have been stopped and it’s a bad goal to give away.

“We had a few words at half-time – not me, the players – which I don’t mind because it shows how passionate they are.

“I thought in the second half they didn’t have a chance.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved it, and at this time of the season it’s a tremendous effort. We worked for 90 minutes to get a result which keeps our season alive.”

Joyce also paid tribute to Squire, whose glancing header on 58 minutes effectively won the Robins the game.

“I’ve got nothing but respect for Squiresy,” said Joyce.

“He worked their centre halves all over the place. Everything revolved around him, and if he wasn’t there then we don’t win.

“He was the focal point and his effort and work rate was different class.”

Bideford’s trip to Kidlington tonight is their longest of the season. It’s also the second time the Robins have made the journey – the game between the two in February was abandoned before half-time with the score at 1-0.

“Whatever happens on Monday is a bonus, we’ve still got Thursday and Saturday to come,” said Joyce.

“If we can pick nine points out of these four games I’ll be happy.

“We’ve had 18 postponements, two abandonments. I’ve never known a season like it but fair play to the lads, they keep going.”

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