BIDEFORD came from 2-0 down to win the first ever FA Carlsberg Trophy match in the club s history on Saturday. Trailing to Matt Styles and Nick Ogbanute goals just eight minutes into the match against Andover, the Robins hit back with two Matt Hockley pen
BIDEFORD came from 2-0 down to win the first ever FA Carlsberg Trophy match in the club's history on Saturday.
Trailing to Matt Styles and Nick Ogbanute goals just eight minutes into the match against Andover, the Robins hit back with two Matt Hockley penalties and a goal from Shaun Downing to bag the ï¿½2,000 preliminary round prize money and set up a mouth-watering local derby with Tiverton Town in two weeks' time. The game on Saturday, October 16 will be the first of a cup double header with Tivvy at the Sports Ground as the sides have also been paired together in the first round of Red Insure Southern League Cup on Tuesday, October 26.
On Saturday, the Robins looked to have made a wasted trip to Hampshire when they were twice punished for poor defending.
Without unavailable striker Jamie Mudge and injured Steve Orchard, they took time to settle into the game being played at Winchester City's Denplan Stadium due to problems with the Andover pitch.
But they began to find their feet and when Shaun Downing hit the post and Kevin Squire headed wide, it only looked like it would be a matter of time before they reduced the deficit.
The breakthrough came three minutes before the break when Squire was fouled in the box and Hockley stepped up to dispatch the spot kick.
Seven minutes after the re-start they were back on level terms when Hockley's pinpoint cross found the head of Shaun Downing.
Nearly half of the 100-strong crowd had made the long trip to support Bideford and they began to sense the game was going their way as their team pushed for the winner.
Ellis Laight had a number of chances to settle the tie but it was man-of-the-match Hockley who completed the turn-around from the penalty spot after Matt Bye was fouled 10 minutes from time.
Bideford have got two tough league fixtures to concentrate on this week. First up is a trip to Oxfordshire to play third-placed Abingdon United on Saturday, while back at the Sports Ground on Tuesday, they'll entertain fourth-placed Almondsbury Town.
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