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Bideford stun league leaders Hemel Hempstead

By NDJSport  |  Posted: December 08, 2012

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BIDEFORD produced a fantastic performance to stun leagueleaders Hemel Hempstead Town with a 3-2 win at the Sports Ground thisafternoon.

The Robins played the entire second half with ten men afterDominic Rivans was sent off just before half time.

But two goals fromKevin Squire and a tremendous strike from Richard Groves rewarded one of theirbest displays of the season.

Hemel, the early pace-setters in the Evo-Stik League Southern premierdivision, went ahead after 16 minutes when Dave Pearce broke free to slot pastPaul Hider.

Bideford responded positively, pulling level on 30 minuteswhen Squire volleyed into the roof of the net as the visitors failed to clear acorner from Groves.

The hosts suffered a major setback when Rivans was sent offfor use of the elbow in an aerial challenge with Matt Nolan yet they playedsome fine football on the counter-attack to take a 3-1 lead.  

Groves cracked a fine goal from the edge of the box to makeit 2-1 soon after half time and Squire nodded the third in the 69thminute when Sean Downing beat goalkeeper Sam Beagle to a cross from Groves.

With the pressure mounting in the closing stages, thevisitors pulled one back when substitute Joe Bruce struck at a corner.

Despite throwing men forward, Hemel could make no furtherbreakthrough against an excellent defence and their frustrations werecompounded in stoppage time with David King sent off for a second yellow card.

Bideford's third win in four games moved them up to 15thplace, four points clear of the relegation zone.

In the Toolstation Western League premier division,Ilfracombe Town were beaten 3-2 at Odd Down. Barnstaple Town's match at Gillingham Town was postponed.

North Devon's interest in the Graddon Vending Devon PremierCup is over after Boca Seniors lost 5-4 at University of Exeter in the last 16. 






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