The Robins drew 4-4 at Salisbury in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West
A goal from Ian Sampson in the fifth minute of stoppage time rescued a point for Bideford away at Salisbury.
The Robins drew 4-4 in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West on Saturday.
They had given up a 3-1 lead in the second half, after goals from Sean Downing, James Richards and Ben Watson had given them a commanding lead.
Salisbury fought back through Justin Bennett, Kane O’Keefe and Lewis Benson before Samson gave Bideford a valuable point.
Manager Sean Joyce was pleased to have earned a point against a tough side.
He said: “It was a great game. I don’t think they’ve let many goals in at home so far this, so to go there and score four is tremendous.
“Its a point gained looking at it overall.
“They had more chances but I would say we had the better ones so I think it was probably a fair result.
“I said before I wanted to get at them, because we had sat back we would have got beaten.
“We had three or four boys missing, and if anything I thought I had got more defensive players in the line-up.
“I’m disappointed we gave four goals away, but if you can’t enjoy a 4-4 draw there’s something wrong with you.”
Downing got Bideford ahead with a dipping shot from 25 yards before Sam Roberts put Salisbury back on terms.
The status quo didn’t last very long, and it was Richards who got Bideford ahead for the second time, with a driven free kick that squirmed past keeper Alex Bass.
The Robins extended their lead just two minutes into the second half, with Watson firing a low shot past Bass at his near post.
But Salisbury fought back. Bennett struck on 56 minutes with a well-timed header, before O’Keefe pulled the home side back on level terms three minutes later.
When Benson nodded Salisbury ahead on 73 minutes, it looked as though it was not going to be Bideford’s day.
But with the final kick of the game Sampson sent a searching ball forward, Bess misjudged it and the ball found a way in.
The Robins will be looking for three points at the Sports Ground on Saturday when they host Bishops Cleeve.
Joyce said: “If we win on Saturday it makes Salisbury a great point - if we get beat it becomes nothing.”