The Robins got up and running in Evo-Stik League South West on Saturday.

Bideford v Didcot Town. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Didcot Town. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford manager Sean Joyce said his side will only get better after they got their Evo-Stik League South West campaign up and running with a win.

A penalty from Billy Tucker in the 48th minute gave the Robins a 1-0 win over Didcot Town at the Sports Ground on Saturday.

After a slow start, Joyce's side created plenty of chances either side of eventually taking the lead.

Kevin Squire, Billy Tucker and Sean Downing led the line for Bideford, with Ryan Turner dropping back, linking the front three with Dan Western and Max Smallcombe in central midfield.

Speaking after the game, Joyce said: "We were limited with what we had, so we had a mix and match midfield. I thought young Max (Smallcombe) did outstanding in there because he's probably the only recognised midfielder.

"We had a sloppy first five minutes where we just couldn't get a handle on their shape and what they were doing and once we saw what they had, we stopped them and got on top.

"We got the goal at the right time, and in the second half they pushed forward and went for it and we just couldn't finish them off.

"We had numerous chances, but it's the first game and I think we'll get better.

"In the end we just wanted that second goal, and I think that will come this year.

"We've got goals in us whereas last year we hung on for dear life for 1-0s, but I think now we've got that quality to go on and get the second goal, and we've had plenty of chances."

The Robins are on the road for the first time this season on Tuesday night, travelling to Yate Town.

The same fixture last season saw a 10-man Bideford come back from behind to win 2-1.

Joyce said he's expecting to have captain Matt Bye back for the fixture, as well as Ben Wood and Luis Roberts.

Then on Saturday the Robins take on Wells City in the first qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Joyce said: "Hopefully they'll come and attack us and have a go, but when you go to higher league clubs like I've done, you don't want to get beat,so if they come here with that mentality its going to be hard to break them down.

"But I think we've got enough firepower this year to do that where we've struggled the last couple of years.

"We've got to be patient and if our chances come we've got to take them."