Bideford yet to lose following Poole draw
The unbeaten start to the season continued for Bideford Town with a 3-3 draw at Poole Town on Tuesday night.
A late equaliser saw the Robins miss out on their third away win but they could take heart from another resilient display.
After eight games in the Calor League Premier Division only Bideford and Poole, in third and fourth place respectively, are yet to taste defeat.
"The boys were magnificent," said Sean Joyce, the Bideford manager. "We are getting a reputation now. We are hard to beat. For heart and guts, we would be top of the league."
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A header from Sean Downing skidded in to put the visitors ahead in the first minute but Poole hit back with Richard Gillespie scoring twice at corners. Craig Duff finished a fine move for his fifth goal of the season, making it 2-2 inside 20 minutes.
As chances continued to fall at both ends, Groves bent a free kick over the wall to put the visitors 3-2 up nine minutes before half-time.
It look as though Bideford had done enough but Poole showed their strength at set plays again as Will Spetch equalised with three minutes to go.
The Robins are on the road again on Saturday with a trip to eighth-placed Arlesey Town. They have been drawn away to Yate Town in FA Cup second round qualifying on September 28.
Barnstaple Town have moved to strengthen their home-grown squad as they go from strength to strength on the field.
New signing Jed Harper-Penman scored in Saturday's 4-1 win at home against Welton Rovers – a match that saw a starting XI made up entirely of players born in Barnstaple.
They followed that up on Tuesday night with a 3-2 victory away to Shepton Mallet in their game in hand on Toolstation Western League First Division leaders Bradford Town.
Ryan Turner's second-half winner took Barnstaple level on 19 points with Bradford who they trail on goal difference.
Harper-Penman, the former Plymouth Argyle winger, played for Barnstaple in the second half of last season and has re-signed for the club after starting the new campaign with Truro City in the Calor League.
Manager Tom Bulley has also brought striker Tom Rossiter back to the club after a spell with Ilfracombe Town.
Barnstaple travel to Newquay for an FA Carlsberg Vase second round qualifying tie on Saturday before hosting Buckland Athletic in the Devon St Luke's Cup second round on Tuesday.