Joyce turns attention to Cambridge City after draw with Totton
Bideford manager Sean Joyce is already looking forward to tomorrow’s Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division clash with promotion-chasing Cambridge City at the Sports Ground (7.45).
Joyce – whose side drew 1-1 with AFC Totton on Saturday – said: “They are one of the two teams we have yet to play in the League since winning promotion.
“The other one is Arlesey Town. I watched Cambridge play in the FA Cup against MK Dons on television.”
City lost their replay at Milton Keynes 6-1 after holding their high-flying npower League One opponents to a goalless draw in Cambridge back in November.
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Joyce admits “They had a good Cup run and are a big, powerful team looking to get promoted. They are up there in the mix but we only know how to play one way, so will do our best to get on the front foot as quickly as we can from the start on Tuesday.”
Bideford were the only Southern League side to beat the big freeze on Saturday.
All other Southern League matches – including home games for Tiverton Town and Taunton Town in Division One South and West – were wiped out by the cross-country white-out.
With Truro City’s Blue Square Bet South trip to Sutton United called off on Friday night, the region’s non-League spotlight fell on the Sports Ground and Bideford AFC.
Matt Andrew’s 34th-minute opening goal for the Robins was cancelled out by Totton top scorer Richard Gillespie’s 47th-minute reply for the Hampshire visitors.
It was the Stags’ top scorer’s 17th goal of the campaign after he scored twice in a 2-0 League win over Bideford in mid-September, which preceded another 2-0 Totton victory over the Robins in the FA Trophy two weeks later.
Joyce said: “We were still getting to grips with the new league then, and Totton deserved to win both games.”
Saturday’s draw represented another step up the ladder for Joyce’s Premier newcomers.
The Robins chief acknowledged: “We scored and should have had another before half-time, which would have probably sealed it for us. But we gave away a free-kick early in the second half and didn’t deal with it as we should have. They have crossed the ball in and the boy has scored.
“They had a similar free-kick later on and we learnt from the first one and dealt with it.
“It’s a case of learning on the job and noting things for the next time. It will all come in time and the main thing is we are all enjoying playing at this level.”
Buckland Athletic and Premier Division top scorer Gavin Hammon took his goals tally to 24 in as many games as the Bucks drew 2-2 with Cadbury Heath in the only Toolstation Western League match to beat the big freeze.
Hammon’s double means he joins Chard Town’s First Division leading goal-getter Samuel Clark at the top of the League’s scoring charts.