The Robins drew 1-1 in their first game of the Evo-Stik Division One South season on Saturday, with Kevin Squires penalty 13 minutes from time his 100th goal for Bideford cancelling out Lewis Powells first half effort. Despite plenty of preparation for the new season in the form of 10 pre-season friendly matches, there were signs of ring rust in the first half of Saturdays game. By the end of it, the Bideford manager was disappointed his side hadnt taken their chances to win the game. It was still a pre-season game really. We do all the shape and tactics and we go out in the first game and it turned into a scrap, said Joyce. Weve done well to get back into it, but if youre a ruthless team that wants to be in and around the playoffs, weve had two or three good chances there to finish it off, and we havent. I thought in the first half we looked rudderless, we didnt know what shape, three or four lads looked frightened to death because its not a nice pre-season friendly now. Today was a proper game, theyve got to grow up quick. Theyre probably one of the better teams to play against to give us that kick to get us going. We didnt want to go a goal down because theyre good at defending, good at spoiling things, just waiting for that one chance to come. Luckily we turned it around in the second half to be a better team, get a bit of shape and pattern and direction and we looked a different team. Its not good enough drawing 1-1 against Larkhall on the first game of the season. We softened them up for the last 10-15 and we just couldnt get it. Bideford have their first away game of the new season on Tuesday night, when they take on Yate Town. Next Saturday sees them in action against Bristol Manor Farm in the preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup before the North Devon derby against Barnstaple Town on Bank Holiday Monday. Manor Farm have thrown money at trying to win the league, so thats probably one of the hardest draws we could get at this time, said Joyce. Its a tough draw for us but well get this right and well have a bit more fire in our bellies in the first half than we did on Saturday.