BIDEFORD 3 SLIMBRIDGE 1
Ben Seymour scored twice as Bideford came from behind to beat Slimbridge on Saturday afternoon.
Bideford made it four wins in a row but it was far from plain sailing against a good Slimbridge side on Saturday at the Sports Ground. The visitors were in front with less than a minute played when Joe Wilton’s shot on the turn took a big deflection and looped over Steve Oliver into the net. It was a nightmare start for The Robins who really struggled to replicate their performance from Tuesday night’s win over Bristol Manor Farm, at least for the first 70 minutes. Alex Hoyle struck a free kick over the bar for Slimbridge and Oliver made a great finger tip save from Richard Thwaite’s effort with the outside of his foot. At the other end Louis Roberts and Billy Tucker both shot off target before Sean Downing’s free kick forced a really good save from Oliver Hall. James Mayne also came close to scoring seeing a header blocked in front of goal after a scramble in the box.
Bideford continued to huff and puff in the second half as they looked for a way through the Slimbridge backline. Mayne went close again with another header which was deflected wide while Thwaite headed wide of the post at the opposite end. The introduction of Connor Clifford and debutant Liam Gregory helped change things in the final half an hour as The Robins started to get a lot of joy down the left hand side. Fellow substitute Kevin Squire was also instrumental in Bideford’s equaliser on 71 minutes. Gregory crossed for Squire who headed back for Ryan Turner to place a well directed header past Hall into the bottom left corner.
Suddenly the atmosphere changed and The Robins began to pile on the pressure. Squire and Turner both almost found the net but it was Ben Seymour who put Bideford in front with ten minutes remaining. Turner carried the ball to the edge of the area where Seymour took over, worked his way into a crowded box and calmly lifted the ball past Hall into the corner of the net. Seymour then well and truly settled matters in injury time as he was played in one on one with Hall and finished well slotting low to the keeper’s left to the delight of the home fans in the Sports Ground.
Bideford: Oliver, Allan, Mayne, Beattie, Downing (Squire 61), Wood (Clifford 52), Bye, Roberts, Tucker (Gregory 51), Seymour, Turner. Subs: Harrison, Squire, Clifford, Gregory.
Bideford: Turner 71, Seymour 80, 90+4
Slimbridge: Wilton 1