Bideford set for Grimsby Town clash as pre-season fixtures get underway

PUBLISHED: 08:15 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:15 11 July 2017

Bideford manager Sean Joyce.

Bideford manager Sean Joyce.

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The Robins got their pre-season off to a flying start on Saturday against Galmpton United.

Bideford are up and running in pre-season with a week to go before Grimsby Town visit the Sports Ground.

The Robins are all set for a busy week of pre-season fixtures, with trips to Exmouth Town on Wednesday and Saltash United on Saturday.

They’re at home for the first time this season next Tuesday, with League Two’s Grimsby Town the visitors.

For manager Sean Joyce, the Grimsby game is an excellent chance for his side to ‘flex their muscles’.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“Pete Ellis has done a brilliant job. He’s put in a lot of work behind the scenes to get them here.

“They have a purpose and are looking to get to know each other and it it’s a chance for our players to play against pros and see what it takes.

“If we can watch and learn from them it will make us a better team.

“When you play against teams like Grimsby you can see what makes them pros, but it gives us a chance to flex our muscles.

“We’ll be competitive though. I don’t care if it’s Galmpton or Grimsby – I want to win.”

Bideford got their first pre-season game under their belts on Saturday, with a 7-3 win over Galmpton United.

After initially going behind, goals from Craig Veal and Dan Harrison got the Robins back on track.

After a Galmpton equaliser, goals from Craig Allan, Brian Levien, Billy Tucker and two from Sol Wheatley sealed victory.

“The boys looked sharper than I thought they might, we were ready straight away,” said Joyce.

“We had quite a few players missing, but the lads who played did really well.”

One of those players who performed well was Brian Levien, and after a successful season at Appledore last year, Joyce is looking to bring him into the fold.

“I want him here full time,” he said.

“We played Appledore two years ago in a pre-season friendly, and although we beat them 2-1, Appledore battered us.

“He’s been loyal to Appledore. He would be stepping up, but I don’t think he is really because he’s already at that level.”

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