Bideford close out season with a goalless draw

Bideford drew 0-0 with Biggleswade Town on the final day of the season.

Bideford drew 0-0 with Biggleswade Town on the final day of the season. - Credit: Archant

Bideford’s four years in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier came to an end on Saturday as the Robins drew 0-0 with Biggleswade Town.

Bideford took a point away from their final game in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier.

The Robins drew 0-0 with Biggleswade Town on Saturday afternoon at the Sports Ground, in a match that very much had an end-of-season feel.

The result took them ahead of Paulton Rovers to finish second from bottom.

Bideford looked the better team throughout the match, but were unable to create any clear-cut chances.

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Manager Sean Joyce was content with the way his side had ended the season.

“It was important to us that we didn’t finish bottom, and we can take pride in that.

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“Six or seven weeks ago we were about 10 points adrift of Paulton, and a couple of weeks ago we were looking at finish fourth from bottom.

“But it became more and more about getting the season finished.”

It was a week to forget for Bideford, with three games in the final five days of the season.

They lost 5-0 to champions Poole Town on Tuesday, before having to make the 480-mile round trip to Kettering Town on Thursday, where a scratch squad was defeated 7-0.

Joyce was left to lament fixture scheduling.

“You need six weeks to set up a game like that, and we had five days. I had five players available on Wednesday morning.”

With the season over, Joyce is keen to work towards the next one.

He said: “I’ll take two or three days away from football and get a breather, then it all starts again.”

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