Bideford secure top-half finish in their return to the Southern League
BIDEFORD have finished the season just nine points outside the playoffs on their return to the Southern League after a 35-year absence.
The Robins ended on a high, taking 21 points from their last 10 games and were only denied a ninth-place finish ahead of Taunton Town due to a 93rd minute equaliser in Monday afternoonâ€™s final game at Clevedon Town.
Bideford went 1-0 down though Reeko Bestâ€™s lobbed effort three minutes before half-time in the Easter sunshine at Davis Lane.
Matt Hockley hammered home an immediate reply and Kevin Squire put the visitors 2-1 up 20 minutes after the break.
But with the seconds ticking on what has been a competent â€“ although inconsistent â€“ Zamaretto League season, Chas Hemmings scored from the penalty spot to earn the second-from-bottom side a point.
On Saturday, second-half goals by Kevin Squire and Jack Furzer gave Bideford a 2-0 win over Gosport Borough at the Sports Ground.
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