Bideford manager Sean Joyce sticks to 'realistic target'
SEAN JOYCE is not getting carried away with Bideford's excellent start to the season.
The Robins remain second in the Calor League Premier Division after a 4-0 win over Bedford Town on Saturday.
Having avoided relegation by goal difference last term, Joyce, the manager, said survival was the main priority again.
"The only target I have set is a point per game," said Joyce. "The quicker we get to 46 points, the better. It's a realistic target.
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"You get other managers saying they are going to do this and that. I have never done it.
"You win with dignity and you take your defeats with dignity and you have got to learn from both."
Bideford have certainly learned from the wretched run at the end of last season whey they failed to win for 11 games.
Boosted by a number of new signings, they have started this campaign with five wins and two draws.
"We never got out of the bottom seven last year," said Joyce. "Once you're down there it's so hard to get out.
"The new boys have come in and made the other boys hungry."
With no midweek fixture for the first time this season, the manager did not call the players in for training this week.
"We've had nine pre-season games and seven league games," he said. "It's been massively intense and we're just running out of that little bit of spring in our step."
He expects the squad to be refreshed for an FA Cup tie against "dangerous" opponents Larkhall Athletic on Saturday.
The tie is worth £3,000 in prize money to the winners.
Larkhall, the Toolstation Western League side from Bath, come to the Sports Ground on the back of wins against Willand Rovers and Tiverton Town in the earlier rounds.
"They have got quite a few players who played for Chippenham Town last year," said Joyce.
"It's a dangerous game and we have got to give them the respect they deserve."
Ben Gerring is on holiday but fellow defender Steve Orchard is ready to return after injury.
On Tuesday, Bideford return to league action with a trip to Poole Town, who are level on points.
The meeting with Plymouth Argyle in the Devon St Luke's Cup has been switched to the Sports Ground and will be played on Tuesday, October 1.