Having gone eight matches unbeaten in the Calor League Premier Division, Bideford are enjoying their best start to a season for six years.
They take that undefeated record to Arlesey Town tomorrow (3pm).
The last time Bideford had such a good opening spell was in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division in 2007-08. Unbeaten for the first six games, they lost only once – 2-1 to an all-conquering Truro City side – in 14 fixtures.
In Bedfordshire tomorrow they will meet an Arlesey side with two wins and a draw from their three home matches.
Arlesey will do well to maintain their home form against a side who manager Sean Joyce feels have toughened up this term.
After Tuesday’s 3-3 draw at Poole Town, Joyce said: “I thought we grew up. We are getting a reputation now. We are hard to beat and to come away in such a hard game and score three goals shows what we’re all about.”
Both meetings between Bideford and Arlesey last season ended in draws.
Mar 5, 2013: Arlesey Tn 2 Bideford 2 (Groves 2).
Feb 9, 2013: Bideford 1 (Clifford) Arlesey Tn 1.