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Corby Town v Bideford: match preview

By NDJMark  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

Nick Milton (left) is suspended for Bideford

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Not many teams have outplayed Bideford in the Calor League Premier Division this season.

But Corby Town did when they earned a 1-1 draw at the Sports Ground in October.

With former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie dictating the play during his brief spell with the club, the visitors dominated possession after Nabil Shariff scored their equaliser.

Having taken the lead through Saul Halpin, Bideford were grateful to take a point and extend their unbeaten start to 10 games.

The sides meet again in Northamptonshire tomorrow and Bideford will expect another tough game in their quest for a top-five place.

The Robins are renowned for their high-tempo pressing game and will be eager not to let Corby settle into their stride this time.

Corby, in eighth, trail Bideford by 14 points but have five games in hand.

The Steelmen still have outside hopes of making the play-offs but suffered a set back with a 3-1 defeat at Poole Town last week.

Ben Gerring is expected to be back for Bideford having played for Hayes and Yeading United in the Skrill South on Tuesday.

Fellow defenders Rob Farkins and Nick Milton are suspended which may mean midfielder Matt Hockley has to play at the back again.

Hockley impressed alongside Gerring in the 1-0 win at Hitchin Town last week. Manager Sean Joyce was delighted to see his team stay fifth and keep their play-off hopes alive.

“It was a tremendous performance,” said Joyce. “It just keeps us in there. We are not a flash in the pan.”

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