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Challenge for new boy Reed

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 17, 2013

By Mark Jenkin

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BIDEFORD have signed Stephen Reed from Tiverton Town.

The midfielder made his debut in the 3-2 victory over Taunton Town in the Red Insure Cup on Tuesday.

Reed lives in Bideford and has previously played as a professional at Torquay United and Yeovil Town.

After playing in the Calor League for Weymouth last season, he has lacked regular football at Tiverton.

Bideford already have a number of options in midfield and manager Sean Joyce has challenged Reed to make an impact. "He's got to break into the squad," said Joyce.

"I know the quality he has got. I want to know has he got the heart and the hunger as well? You have got to have that in my team.

"That's his first 90 minutes in a competitive game for a while and I thought he did well. He's been around, he's got experience."

Starting alongside Richard Groves in a central role, Reed helped Bideford win an entertaining cup tie. Sean Downing, Rob Farkins and an own goal sent them through to the last 32.

Reed will have an opportunity to make an impression this month with Matt Hockley, the captain, away on holiday for two weeks.

Craig Duff will serve a three-match ban after being sent off in stoppage time against Taunton for kicking an opponent.

Bideford have a busy weekend with away games at Swindon Supermarine in the FA Carlsberg Trophy on Saturday and Redditch United in the Calor League on Monday.

Owen Howe, the top scorer, will miss the Swindon game through suspension.

Joyce will hope Steve Oliver is available again after the goalkeeper missed the Taunton game with his wife due to give birth. Joe Tickle, the Witheridge keeper, answered a late call to play as the manager even considered putting an outfielder in goal.

"Joe has done me a big favour coming in at short notice," said Joyce. "Otherwise Sean Downing would have been in goal – and that's not a joke."

Downing was due to play for an FA representative South West side against Devon at Newton Abbot last night.

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