Bideford build on second league win

16:23 19 September 2012

Action from Bideford

Action from Bideford's 3-2 win against Redditch United on Saturday. Pic: Neil Blackburn

Archant

Robins unbeaten in three but face tough league and cup away trips this week.

BIDEFORD claimed their second win in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division with a 3-2 victory against Redditch United at the Sports Ground on Saturday.

The Robins extended their league run to three without defeat and hit the ground running with an Ellis Laight shot that was saved by visiting keeper Niall Cooper after just two minutes.

Redditch only had one serious attempt on the Bideford goal in the first half, William Richards’ shot well saved by Sam Hutchings.

At the other end, Cooper saved well from Bideford captain Matt Hockley, and both Matt Andrew and Isaac Vassell shot wide.

The second half had barely started when James Richards and Sean Downing combined to give the 177-strong gate something to shout about.

Richards crossed an inch perfect ball for Downing to slot home from close range.

Andrew then doubled the lead on the hour after Downing slid a well-timed ball into his path, inviting him to slip it under Cooper.

A Connor Deards tap-in provided the Reds a lifeline with 12 minutes to go but after failing to pull one back in the closing minutes, Steve Orchard then started the move of the match.

Making a run down the left flank, Orchard passed inside to Andrew who beat two defenders and laid the ball into the path of Ian Sampson, who had run the length of the pitch to shoot across the body of Cooper to make it 3-1.

The Worcestershire side pulled a second back through Mark Danks in stoppage time but Bideford held out for an important win.

Bideford travelled to AFC Totton last night (Tues). On Saturday, they visit Gosport Borough in the FA Cup second qualifying round. On Tuesday, they go to Wimborne Town in the league.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Wed, 10:50
North Devon spinner Matt Dart was praised by his skipper

North Devon skipper Barney Huxtable claimed the 84-run defeat at Torquay doesn’t mean his side aren’t title contenders.

Read more
Wed, 10:44

This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Max Curtis. Photo by Simon Horn.

Plymouth’s batsmen had few answers to a North Devon bowling attack bristling with career cricketers as North Devon cruised to a 104-run victory at Instow.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
North Devon's U11s are the county district champions

North Devon are the under 11 county champions.

Read more
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Keith Hanson on his way to victory at Asham Wood. Picture: Dave Rich

Local garage owner Keith Hanson took the overall win in his class at the recent British Evo Championship at Asham Wood, near Frome.

Read more
Thursday, May 14, 2015
North Devon batsman Barney Huxtable at the Maer ground. Ref ndsp 5561-20-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

North Devon captain Barney Huxtable was relieved his decision to bat first at Exmouth didn’t backfire on him after clocking up a 20-run win.

Read more
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Runners set off at the start of the Bideford 10k. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Bideford Amateur Athletics Club’s Shaun Antell romped to victory in the Bideford 10k on Sunday.

Read more
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Barnstaple celebrate beating Hallen to reach the Les Phillips Cup final. Pic: Jay Smith

Barnstaple Town were denied a Toolstation Western League double as Willand Rovers secured the Les Phillips Cup on Sunday.

Read more
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Torridgeside won the 2015 Brayford Cup

Torridgeside beat Braunton in front of a huge crowd to claim the Brayford Cup.

Read more
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The mackerel should soon be arriving on North Devon shores.

North Devon angling scene with Tony Gussin...

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder