Bideford picked up a huge three points in their push for an Evo-Stik League South West play-off spot this afternoon (Saturday).

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

The Robins saw off eighth-placed AFC Totton with a 2-1 win at the Sports Ground.

Superb finishes early in the second half from Josh Key and Sean Downing saw Bideford rally from a 1-0 deficit at the break.

Charlie Gunson had given the Stags the lead late in the first half.

The result gives the Robins a much-needed spark heading into a busy run of fixtures, which continues with a trip to Cinderford Town on Tuesday night.

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Lying in 10th, Sean Joyce’s side are three points adrift from a playoff spot, with as many as four games in hand on those currently in the prized positions.

With Ben Seymour and Ryan Turner both unavailable, Joyce opted for Kevin Squire and Oliver Mehew up front.

With Mehew, Key and Downing feeding off Squire – acting as the target man – Bideford looked dangerous throughout the first half.

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

It was therefore against the run of play when Gunson gave the visitors the lead shortly before the end of the first half. The forward’s effort from the left of the penalty area was slotted past Steve Oliver before going in off the inside of the post.

It was a sucker punch for Bideford, who had created plenty of chances throughout the opening period.

Key had scuttled through inside five minutes after Mehew robbed Jack Barker of the ball, but after rounding the keeper he ran out of room for a decent shot.

Downing saw a header from a Matt Bye corner hooked off the line midway through the half, and he also dragged an effort wide after some fantastic work by Mehew.

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

The Robins quickly restored parity after the break, with Key levelling things up less than a minute after the restart.

The winger was on his own when he latched onto a through ball down the left channel, but bursting towards the box, he cut inside and let go of a right-footed shot that swerved right into top right corner.

It kicked off a dominant spell for the hosts. Mehew saw a shot blocked and the resulting corner ended with James Mayne heading wide from six yards out.

Five minutes later Steven Reed saw a vicious free kick cannon back off the bar from 22 yards.

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

It was Downing who got the crucial go-ahead goal a minute later. Played into space and with a whole half to run into, he bore down on goal before touching the ball past Murphy and tapping into the empty net inside the penalty area.

The visitors had a few more sights at the Bideford goal as they looked for an equaliser.

Craig Feeney was denied by Oliver when left one-on-one with the goalkeeper, as well as sending an effort wide.

Key and Downing continued to look dangerous until the final whistle, with both forcing good saves from Murphy with shots from the edge of the penalty area.

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford: Oliver, Sampson, Reed, Downing, Allan, Mayne, Bye, Carter, Squire (Hancox 76), Mehew (Wood 87), Key. Subs not used: Western, Palmer.

AFC Totton: Murphy, York, Barker (Mullen 52), Nicholls, Smith, Chugg, Gunson (Young 59), Whittingham (Adexunce 70), Feeney, Lee, Bozier. Subs not used: Masterson, Wilde.

Attendance: 232

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v AFC Totton in Evo-Stik League South West. Picture: Matt Smart