Sean Joyce praised his Bideford players for “a tremendous win” after Craig Duff scored twice in a 3-2 victory at Swindon Supermarine this afternoon.
Duff’s late winner sent Bideford through after an entertaining FA Carlsberg Trophy tie against opponents from Calor League Division One South and West.
After racing to a 2-0 advantage, Premier Division side Bideford were angered by two penalty decisions that saw the hosts draw level by half time.
“It was a tough game – made tough by the referee,” said Joyce, the manager. “He absolutely destroyed us so to come away and win 3-2 is tremendous.”
Even with Owen Howe suspended and Ashley Yeoman, the Torquay United loanee, not cleared to play, Bideford’s finishing was ruthless.
Duff and Sean Downing combined for Kevin Squire to smash the opening goal in the first eight minutes.
New signing Stephen Reed was involved in the move for the second as Downing won a header and Duff scored superbly with a dipping shot.
Swindon were given a lifeline when the referee judged that Ian Sampson had handled the ball despite protests that the right back had controlled with his chest.
Jackson converted from the spot and he equalised with a second penalty after goalkeeper Steve Oliver was penalised for a foul.
Both keepers made key saves in the second half before Matt Bye picked out Duff to drill the winning goal with another swerving shot.
Bideford’s scheduled Premier Division match at Redditch United has been postponed because the home side have an FA Trophy on Wednesday. Redditch’s match against Chasetown was abandoned after 81 minutes this afternoon because of a waterlogged pitch and declared void. Redditch were leading 2-1 at the time.