Two draws enough to keep Bideford on top

Joseph Bulmer

BIDEFORD were held to a draw twice within three days, but still into the New Year with a three point lead at the top of the Evo Stik Southern One division.

Bideford were held to a draw twice within three days, but they still go into the New Year with a three point lead at the top of the Evo Stik Southern One division.

They were held to a 3-3 result on Saturday away to tenacious Yate Town, who twice came from behind to share the spoils, and on Monday were again restricted to a single point with a 1-1 draw at home to local rivals Tiverton.

The Robins were behind within 10 minutes at Yate when a far post header by defender Tyrone Mings found their net.

But Kevin Squire continued his fine scoring record to bring them level when he was first to a loose ball in the box and Sean Downing then put them in front with a headed goal before the break.

Midway through the second half Yate were on terms again with a Hector Mackie shot from an acute angle.

Yate goalkeeper Josh Dempsey then failed to hold a cross from Downing to give Bideford the lead once more, but the visitors were denied all three points when Yate came back again with an equalising low drive by Robin Nicholls 10 minutes from the end.

But despite the dropped points Bideford saw their lead at the top of the table safeguarded as other results went in their favour.

Second placed Hungerford were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at next-to-bottom Wimborne and third-placed Thatcham were held 1-1 by fourth-from-bottom Didcot.

On Monday the Robins could have slipped up in the mud after falling behind at home to Tiverton. But they had far the better of the second half and it seemed only a matter of time before they would catch up.

Substitute Jamie Mudge made the difference, coming on early in the second period and finding the net for the equaliser within five minutes of his introduction.

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