Mudge’s return boosts Robins

Joseph Bulmer

MATT Hockley and Jamie Mudge combined to give Bideford a well-deserved 2-0 win at Abingdon United in the Zamaretto Southern League on Saturday. The success in Oxfordshire saw the Robins move up into seventh in Division One South and West with games in han

MATT Hockley and Jamie Mudge combined to give Bideford a well-deserved 2-0 win at Abingdon United in the Zamaretto Southern League on Saturday.

The success in Oxfordshire saw the Robins move up into seventh in Division One South and West with games in hand over teams above them.

Opponents Abingdon had started the day in third place but any complacency was soon wiped out when Bideford took the lead through stand-in skipper Hockley on 17 minutes.

Given the captain's armband due to the three-match suspension of Dominic Rivans, Hockley finished well after a good run and cross by Shaun Downing.

Despite creating many chances, Bideford looked the stronger of the two sides in the first half but they were made to work harder when the hosts began to take control after the re-start.

Bideford needed a lift and it came with the introduction of substitute Jamie Mudge, who came off the bench to score the all-important second.

Within four minutes of coming on, Mudge connected with Matt Andrew's cross from the right to score a fine goal on his return after being sidelined with hamstring problems.

Man-of-the-match Steve Orchard marshalled the defence well and goalkeeper Matt Armstrong-Ford pulled off two outstanding saves to keep third clean sheet in the league this season.

Bideford were playing Almondsbury Town at the Sports Ground last night (Tuesday).

On Saturday, they'll host Tiverton Town in the FA Carlsberg Trophy while on Tuesday, there's a trip to Wimbourne Town in the league to look forward to.

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