Chances galore, but Robins exit Trophy

16:38 02 October 2012

Goal!

Goal!

Archant

BIDEFORD gave a better account of themselves in their second visit to AFC Totton this season, but the result was the same, another 2-0 defeat.

This time it meant an exit from the FA Carlesberg Trophy at the hands of a team who are in the top half of the Southern League Premier Division.

Manager Sean Joyce had reshuffled his side.

With Dominic Rivans and Rob Farkins both suspended, Jack Furzer took control at the back.

Steve Orchard was also mising, sitting exams, while Matt Bye and James Richards were on the bench.

Sean Downing was back in action and in came Nick Barker and Ian Sampson.

Debutant Matt Rickard, who has come through the Plymouth Argyle youth setup, also played the last 20 minutes.

Bideford fell behind after only seven minutes when James Coutts found the net, with the help of a deflection off Furzer.

But the Robins went on to dominate possession and create a hatful of chances, only to be denied by the woodwork and a man-of-the-match display by home keeper Gareth Barfoot.

As the Robins pushed forward, Matt Andrew’s header was denied by the woodwork, Kevin Squire saw another well saved and Downing shaved a post in the first half.

Soon after the break Totton doubled their lead with a curling Ryan Hill free kick.

But still Bideford pressed, a shot from Furzer hitting the post and Barker sending a cracking header against the crossbar.

Aaron Harper-Penman’s shot from the edge of the area was stopped by the Totton keeper and so, too, was a stoppage time effort by Connor Clifford.

There were plenty of positives and plenty of opportunities for the Robins, but in the end, there was no cigar.

Bideford have an early start and a long trip to Bedford on Saturday. Rivans, Farkins and Orchard will all be re-available

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Saturday, January 21, 2017

James Blake scored his fourth goal in as many games to take Barnstaple Town up to 17th in Division One South and West.

Read more
Thursday, January 19, 2017

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

Read more
Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Robins struck in the final minute to secure three more valuable points

Read more
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Torridgeside manager Barry Paine hailed his sides character after they came back from 4-1 down to beat Stoke Gabriel in Division One East.

Read more
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Fishermen’s eight game unbeaten run in Division One East was ended at Marshford on Saturday

Read more
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bideford played an hour with 14 men as they were beaten 45-19 by Clevedon

Read more
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Barum were beaten 17-15 by Chinnor at Pottington on Saturday

Read more
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sharp struck with 15 minutes remaining to earn a valuable point for Barnstaple Town in Division One South and West

Read more
Monday, January 16, 2017

Billy Tucker scored the decisive goal as Bideford got their first win of the year in the Southern League Division One South and West

Read more
Friday, January 13, 2017

Barum will face either Salisbury or Shortwood United on Tuesday January 31

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 2°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