Ward, who signed for the Robins in the summer after being released by Plymouth Argyle, scored the games only goal in Bidefords 1-0 win at the Sports Ground. After replacing Ben Wood on the hour, Ward was wheeling away in celebrating five minutes later as he stuck the ball into the top corner from inside the penalty area a chance that came less than 10 seconds after he struck the post with a free-kick. Im still getting used to him and what hes like, but hes got the heart of a lion, said Joyce. He comes on and the first thing he does is win a header and then smash into a tackle. He gave us legs and energy, but also thought. His decision making is really good, and he could have had another one today, but hit the crossbar. Hes come on again and shown us what he can do and hes lifted us again. The result was Bidefords first win of the new Evo-Stik Division One South season, and Joyce said theres still plenty of work to do if the Robins want to be chasing the play-offs this season. Weve had a good chat, theres no singing and dancing because we know weve got to get better to be where we want to be, he said. Youd take that result all day long though. Im always nervous before the derbies because you never know whats going to happen. Theyre always tight games. Its just about getting results, and it wasnt pretty. We were the better team, we had the better quality. I cant fault Barnstaples effort or work rate, theyve got a good manager in Darchy, he sets them up well and they run and chase. Theyre built to nick results.Barnstaple Town managers Kevin Darch and Dave Griffiths said their side was just lacking goals as they pushed another promotion-chasing side all the way. Barum are still looking for their first points of the new season, but the performance against the Robins paired with last Tuesdays effort against Bristol Manor Farm mean there are positives for the new-look side. We set up badly from the free kick and they punished us for it, said Darch. In open play I didnt think there was a lot between the two sides, they might have had slightly more of the ball but I thought we did alright. It was a similar game to last year but we just couldnt get back into it this time. The work rate is there, we know were lacking goals thats obvious for everyone to see but its not easy to get that without signing players. Theres nothing wrong with what were doing, were just lacking that killer instinct to go and get goals. If that chance goes in before half-time they might not break us down then. They did well in the second half to shut the game off and stop us getting into any sort of rhythm again, and thats exactly what we would have done had it been us. Griffiths said the side is in a better position than they thought it would be going into Saturdays game at home to Highworth Town. He said: Were in a lot better position than we thought we were going to be. Its probably more frustrating because were running these sides so close, but well get there in the end if we keep on playing like we are, no question about it.