Bideford turn tables on Glassboys

12:18 24 October 2012

Action from Bideford

Action from Bideford's 2-2 draw against Stourbridge on Saturday. Pic by Neil Blackburn.

Archant

Robins come from 2-0 down to take a point against West Midlands high-fliers.

BIDEFORD came from two goals down in the first five minutes to earn a deserved point against Stourbridge in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division on Saturday.

The third-placed side looked to set to dish out some harsh footballing lessons before an unappreciative crowd of more than 200 at the Sports Ground.

But despite the early scare, the Robins kept their cool and very nearly came out on top against the West Midlands visitors.

Ben Billingham fired the Glassboys in-front with just 22 seconds on the clock and Drew Canavan added a second after capitalising on a poor back pass five minutes later.

Bideford pulled a goal back after 10 minutes through Sean Downing as the hosts settled into what was shaping up to be a classic league encounter.

Truro City striker Andy Watkins had a hand in Bideford’s opening goal and he and Downing continued to look dangerous as the half wore on.

On 60 minutes, Kevin Squire restored parity when he swivelled on the edge of the box to hit an instinctive volley past visiting goalkeeper Lewis Solly.

Bideford looked like the side most likely to find a winner and Downing was unlucky to do so after a twisting run was thwarted by Solly.

Watkins also had a strike well-saved by the visiting shot-stopper as Stourbridge clung on for a point.

The result leaves Bideford second from the foot of the table on eight points from a possible 30, although wins this week could give the North Devon side a welcome chance to escape the bottom three.

On Saturday, Bideford travel to Bashley while on Tuesday night they visit Arlesey Town.

For more pictures of this match, click on the gallery link at the top right of this page.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Wed, 16:04
Find yourself a good spot for the Bideford Fishing Festival this weekend...

Plus don’t miss Bideford Fishing Festival this weekend – all in the North Devon angling scene round up

Read more
Wed, 11:00
Ilfracombe's U14 crew (from left to right): Charlie Chamberlain, Kerry French, Amie Hannah, Joe Filer, Keegan Boudier, Devon Mannering, David Waters (Cox).  Photo: Dan Hutchinson.

The U14 crew was in action in Hayle on Sunday.

Read more
Wed, 09:13

This week’s Tolchards Devon Cricket League round-up

Read more
Tue, 16:00
Danny Jenkins scored two goals in Boca's win over Hartland. Picture: Rob Bates.

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

Read more
Tue, 14:41
Barnstaple Town manager Barry Yeo and assistant manager Karl Baggaley

Barnstaple will play Hereford FC on Saturday, with plenty of away support expected at Mill Road.

Read more
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Bideford v Bodmin Town. Picture: Matt Smart

The Robins drew 1-1 in the preliminary round of the competition, with the replay taking place on Wednesday.

Read more
Thursday, August 18, 2016
The Around Lundy Race has been called off this year. Pic: Tony Freeman

Organisers call it off as severe weather forecast

Read more
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Bideford Blues' Mens' Senior C Fours crew.

Bideford’s Reds and Blues were kept busy, with regattas at Appledore and Instow, as well as Paignton over the weekend.

Read more
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Matt Westaway notched a hat-trick against Bovey Tracey. Ref ndsp 28-16AW 2343. Picture: Alex walton.

The Instow side stretched to 105 run victory in the Tolchards Devon Premier.

Read more
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This week’s Tolchards Devon Cricket League round-up.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 16°C

Useful Links

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
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

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

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications