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Wimborne Town
Francis (17'), Holmes (76'), Stokoe (47' Sent Off)
Full time
B Seymour (84'), K Squire (90')
Sat 3 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 243


Kevin Squire’s last gasp equaliser earned Bideford an important point at Wimborne Town on Saturday.

The Robins came back from 2-0 down with two goals in the last six minutes to earn a point at fellow play-off hopefuls Wimborne Town. Ben Seymour gave Bideford hope with a great strike on 84 minutes before Squire headed home his second vital goal this week, assisted by the head of Steve Oliver!

Seymour went close to giving Bideford the lead after five minutes with a free kick that was well tipped over by Gerard Benfield. At the other end Oliver made amends for a poor goal kick by making a good save after closing down Tobias Holmes. Ex-Barnstaple man Lee Francis gave the home side the lead on 17 minutes as he slotted home after being teed up by Holmes. The Robins almost levelled after a swift counter attack saw Seymour chip the out-rushing Benfield but Stefan Penny was on hand to head to safety. Francis headed wide late in the half for the hosts who lead at the break.

Two minutes into the second period James Stokoe was dismissed for a foul on Ben Carter but The Magpies still could have gone two to the good but for Oliver’s save from Holmes. Oliver then made another good save, this time from Luke Burbidge before Louis Kellaway fired wide. Sean Downing lofted the ball just over as the game reached the final 15 minutes and it looked like game over a minute later as Holmes found the net from close range following a corner.

Jack Lovell’s strike that hit the crossbar proved to be a pivotal moment as two minutes later Bideford were back in the game as Seymour struck on 84 minutes with a smooth strike from 25 yards. Bideford then threw everything at The Magpies in the final few minutes and got their reward right at the death as Oliver, up for a corner, nodded the ball back for the evergreen Squire to bury a dramatic equaliser for The Robins.

Bideford: Oliver, Sampson, Harrison (Mayne 62), Allan, Reed (Western 83), Downing, Bye, Carter, Hancox (Squire 62), Turner, Seymour. Subs: Squire, Mayne, Beattie, Western.

Wimborne Town: Francis 17, Holmes 76
Bideford: Seymour 84, Squire 90+3

Attendance: 243

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Key moments

Goal Francis scores for Wimborne Town
Red Card Stokoe is sent off for Wimborne Town
Goal Holmes scores for Wimborne Town
Goal Ben Seymour scores for Bideford
Goal Kevin Squire scores for Bideford


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90:00 Goal 2 - 2
Kevin Squire scores for Bideford
84:00 Goal 2 - 1
Ben Seymour scores for Bideford
76:00 Goal 2 - 0
Holmes scores for Wimborne Town
47:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Stokoe is sent off for Wimborne Town
End of period 1
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
Francis scores for Wimborne Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Wimborne Town
  • Bideford
  • 0
  • Francis Goal 17:00'
  • Stokoe Red Card 47:00'
  • Holmes Goal 76:00'
  • Ben Seymour Goal 84:00'
  • Kevin Squire Goal 90:00'

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Team selection

Oliver, Steve Oliver, Steve
Sampson , Ian Sampson , Ian
Harrison, Dan Harrison, Dan
Hancox, Will Hancox, Will
Allan, Craig Allan, Craig
Reed, Stephen Reed, Stephen
Downing, Sean Downing, Sean
Carter, Ben Carter, Ben
Seymour, Ben Seymour, Ben
Turner, Ryan Turner, Ryan
Bye, Matt Bye, Matt
Wimborne Town
  • 1. Benfield
  • 2. Penny
  • 3. Cole
  • 4. Oldring
  • 5. Maybury
  • 6. Kellaway
  • 7. Stokoe
  • 8. Francis
  • 9. Holmes
  • 10. Burbidge
  • 11. Lovell
  • 12. Arnold
  • 13. Walsh
  • 14. Davidson
  • 15. Kendall
  • 16. Okumu

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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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