Joyce is boosted by return of Hockley
Bideford are set to welcome back skipper Matt Hockley and defender Rob Farkins for today's home Southern League Premier Division clash against promoted Biggleswade Town at the Sports Ground (3pm).
Tenacious former Torquay United midfielder Hockley claimed the George Lockyer Trophy as Bideford player-of-the-year at the club's end-of-season awards, with Farkins named young player and supporters' player of the year.
Sean Joyce's side seek to build on Tuesday's emphatic 4-0 win over a young AFC Totton side at the Sports Ground. Two goals from Tiverton Town transfer target Owen Howe – who also scored in the opening-day 2-2 draw at Chesham United – and another two from last season's ace Sean Downing helped the Robins get off to a flying home start.
The wily Joyce remains as grounded as ever, saying: "Totton were a much-changed side from last season, younger, less experienced and now we are a season older.
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"There's a lot to be said for playing a season at this level. It's another step up and my players look like Southern League Premier players now.
"We've started well but in all truth I was more pleased with the point at Chesham with ten men than the win over Totton with 11, but we'll take it and look to build on it.
"It's great getting Hockers and Rob Farkins back. Ian Sampson and Nick Barker came back in on Tuesday and now we've got another two back. The squad is looking strong, so is the bench.
"I guess one or two will be disappointed not to feature but then we have Truro away on Monday, so I am sure there will be opportunity for everyone. At the end of the day, you can only put 11 on the pitch."
Truro City have started the new season with back-to-back draws and today Steve Massey's side visit Hinckley United before hosting Bideford on Monday (3pm).
Massey admits: "I am still as excited as I was on the eve of the season. We could have won both of the opening games but the good thing for me is that we have scored twice in both.
"We have got goals in us. For the first 35 to 40 minutes at Bashley on Tuesday night [where Truro drew 2-2] we showed our best, attacking side. If we can play like that for 90 minutes at Hinckley, we can come home with a win."
New Tiverton Town manager John Clarkson and his new-look team seek their first Division One South and West points of the season at Merthyr Town today following back-to-back opening defeats.
Tiverton were beaten 4-0 at Paulton Rovers on Tuesday.