BIDEFORD Reserves took a massive step towards a league and cup double with a 2-0 Hansen Cup final win against Torrington Reserves on Monday. The Robins, who hope to assure top spot in the Kingsley League with a win against North Petherwin on Saturday, got
BIDEFORD Reserves took a massive step towards a league and cup double with a 2-0 Hansen Cup final win against Torrington Reserves on Monday.The Robins, who hope to assure top spot in the Kingsley League with a win against North Petherwin on Saturday, got two hands on their first silverware of the season thanks to a brace by veteran striker Hector Christie.Christie's double either side of the half-time break - the 46-year-old's 56 and 57th goals of a remarkable season - was a fitting reward for Derrick Elston's side, who have battled their way through an astonishing seven games in 16 days.Barring a massive defeat on Saturday, the league title will also be Bideford's - a triumph that club officials hope will open the door to a Senior Division spot in the North Devon Football League next season."We have applied to join the league and if we are accepted, it will be a great step for the club," said manager Derrick.It's been a fantastic season for the Robins, with veterans Christie, Neil Hole and Andy James helping a raft of under-18-years-olds - including Matt Bryce, Ollie Cole, Andrew White, Dan Elston and Ian Keen - to improve their game."Every week, I say it's like cots and wheelchairs," joked Derrick."But having coached a number of these youngsters since they were under-eights, it's been pleasing to see their development over the season. Three or four are now really pushing for a place in the first team."Hopefully, if we are accepted into the North Devon League, it will encourage more promising youngsters to join the club," he added.