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Bideford AFC - Match centre

Wimborne Town
C Duff (19')
Full time
Burbidge (26'), Stokoe (61')
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 215


Bideford slipped to their third home defeat of the season at the hands of Wimborne Town on Saturday.

Craig Duff put The Robins in front but goals from Luke Burbidge and James Stokoe gave the Dorset side the three points.

Wimborne started the better despite Craig Duff heading over from a Matt Bye cross after seven minutes. Then at the other end Matty Oldring saw a header deflected wide from a corner, Scott Beattie had to race back to deny Luke Holmes who was through on goal and Steve Oliver made a good save from Holmes after a lovely flick by Louis Kellaway. Ryan Turner almost caught Wimborne keeper Gerald Benfield off his line with a 30 yard lob before Bideford took the lead somewhat against the run of play after 19 minutes. Sean Downing lifted the ball into the area from the right which Duff brought down with his back to goal and shot left footed on the turn low past Benfield. The goal scorer unfortunately had to leave the field due to injury four minutes later and was replaced by Kevin Squire.

The visitors were not deterred after falling behind as Jack Lovell forced a good save from Oliver before Burbidge equalised a minute later. Luke Holmes curled a teasing ball to the back post from the left and Burbidge finished well at the back post. Bideford fought back as Bye and Downing had shots saved by Benfield but The Magpies could well have been in front before the interval. Holmes crossed again from the left and this time Lovell rose to power a header back off the post.

Bideford improved in the second half but lacked a real threat in the final third. Kevin Squire saw an effort blocked in front of goal just before the hour but two minutes later Bideford were behind. Burbidge’s free kick from the right was swept home well by James Stokoe from eight yards out but all too easily from a Bideford point of view. Wimborne looked comfortable from that point on with the exception of two big opportunities where The Robins could have snatched a point in the final ten minutes. Tucker struck a free kick from 25 yards which was blocked and the ball fell to Downing eight yards out but his strike was repelled by a last ditch block. Downing then collected a Tucker cross on the right side of the box and squared for Ryan Turner but the striker was unable to turn the ball home from close range.

Bideford: Oliver, Sampson, Allan, Beattie, Barker (Wood 65), Bye, Western (Roberts 58), Downing, Duff (Squire 23), Tucker, Turner. Subs: Mayne, Harrison, Wood, Squire, Roberts.

Bideford: Duff 19
Wimborne Town: Burbidge 26, Stokoe 61

Attendance: 215

Key moments

Goal Craig Duff scores for Bideford
Goal Burbidge scores for Wimborne Town
Goal Stokoe scores for Wimborne Town


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61:00 Goal 1 - 2
Stokoe scores for Wimborne Town
End of period 1
26:00 Goal 1 - 1
Burbidge scores for Wimborne Town
19:00 Goal 1 - 0
Craig Duff scores for Bideford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bideford
  • Wimborne Town
  • 0
  • Craig Duff Goal 19:00'
  • Burbidge Goal 26:00'
  • Stokoe Goal 61:00'

Team selection

Oliver, Steve Oliver, Steve
Sampson , Ian Sampson , Ian
Barker, Nick Barker, Nick
Beattie, Scott Beattie, Scott
Allan, Craig Allan, Craig
Downing, Sean Downing, Sean
Tucker, Billy Tucker, Billy
Bye, Matt Bye, Matt
Western, Dan Western, Dan
Duff, Craig Duff, Craig
Turner, Ryan Turner, Ryan
Wimborne Town
  • 1. Benfield
  • 2. Penny
  • 3. Maybury
  • 4. Arnold
  • 5. Oldring
  • 6. Kellaway
  • 7. Stokoe
  • 8. Holmes
  • 9. Bayston
  • 10. Burbidge
  • 11. Lovell
  • 12. Francis
  • 13. Okumu
  • 14. Homes
  • 15. Walker

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Didcot Town 42 73
7. Cirencester Town 42 73
8. Bideford 42 72
9. Bristol Manor Farm 42 69
10. AFC Totton 42 66
11. Winchester City 42 61
12. Kidlington 42 57

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