BIDEFORD produced a fantastic performance to stun league
leaders Hemel Hempstead Town with a 3-2 win at the Sports Ground this
The Robins played the entire second half with ten men after
Dominic Rivans was sent off just before half time.
But two goals from
Kevin Squire and a tremendous strike from Richard Groves rewarded one of their
best displays of the season.
Hemel, the early pace-setters in the Evo-Stik League Southern premier
division, went ahead after 16 minutes when Dave Pearce broke free to slot past
Bideford responded positively, pulling level on 30 minutes
when Squire volleyed into the roof of the net as the visitors failed to clear a
corner from Groves.
The hosts suffered a major setback when Rivans was sent off
for use of the elbow in an aerial challenge with Matt Nolan yet they played
some fine football on the counter-attack to take a 3-1 lead.
Groves cracked a fine goal from the edge of the box to make
it 2-1 soon after half time and Squire nodded the third in the 69th
minute when Sean Downing beat goalkeeper Sam Beagle to a cross from Groves.
With the pressure mounting in the closing stages, the
visitors pulled one back when substitute Joe Bruce struck at a corner.
Despite throwing men forward, Hemel could make no further
breakthrough against an excellent defence and their frustrations were
compounded in stoppage time with David King sent off for a second yellow card.
Bideford's third win in four games moved them up to 15th
place, 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 Premier
Cup is over after Boca Seniors lost 5-4 at University of Exeter in the last 16.