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Cinderford Town
Bamford (47'), McDonald (61'), Norman (73')
Full time
B Seymour (18'), B Wood (31'), B Palmer (90'), D Western (90')
Thu 26 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 115



Bideford struck twice in injury time to win a quite incredible game at Cinderford Town last night 4-3.

A stunning strike from Dan Western four minutes into added time won the game for The Robins to just about keep them in the playoff mix going into the last day of the season.

Bideford dominated the first half against a Cinderford side who had won their last five games and not conceded in their last four. Ben Seymour gave The Robins the lead on 18 minutes with a smart finish after a lovely flick by Ryan Turner. It was 2-0 on the half hour mark as a clever back heel from Sean Downing allowed Ben Wood in to finish well past Cameron Clarke.

Cinderford came roaring back in the second half as a defensive mistake allowed Lewis Bamford in to pull one back just two minutes after the restart. Then an error by Steve Oliver allowed Matt McDonald to lob the ball home from the edge of the box to make it two apiece. Cinderford completed the turnaround as Craig Norman rose highest at the back post to head in from a corner.

It looked to be all over for The Robins until Matt Bye’s free kick into the box looped off the head of Richard Greaves into his own net in the 91st minute. Then in the fourth minute of added time Ben Palmer’s cross found its way to Wood who laid the ball off for Western to hit a superb dipping strike into the top corner to incredibly win it for Bideford!

It was a tremendous effort from The Robins especially considering their recent schedule and the miles travelled, and just rewards for their never say die attitude which was won them so many points this season. Bideford will still need to beat Winchester City on Saturday and require favours from other teams but to still be in contention on the last day after completing a huge backlog of fixtures is a testament to the great effort put in by everyone in our small squad of players.

Bideford: Oliver, Sampson, Harrison, Mayne, Wood, Downing, Carter, Western, Hancox (Palmer 80), Turner, Seymour (Bye 56). Subs: Allan, Bye, Palmer.

Cinderford Town: Bamford 47, McDonald 61, Norman 73
Bideford: Seymour 18, Wood 31, Greaves 90+1og, Western 90+4

Attendance: 115

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Key moments

Goal Ben Seymour scores for Bideford
Goal Ben Wood scores for Bideford
Goal Bamford scores for Cinderford Town
Goal McDonald scores for Cinderford Town
Goal Norman scores for Cinderford Town
Goal Ben Palmer scores for Bideford
Goal Dan Western scores for Bideford


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90:00 Goal 3 - 3
Ben Palmer scores for Bideford
90:00 Goal 3 - 4
Dan Western scores for Bideford
73:00 Goal 3 - 2
Norman scores for Cinderford Town
61:00 Goal 2 - 2
McDonald scores for Cinderford Town
47:00 Goal 1 - 2
Bamford scores for Cinderford Town
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Wood scores for Bideford
18:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben Seymour scores for Bideford
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As it happened

  • Cinderford Town
  • Bideford
  • 0
  • Ben Seymour Goal 18:00'
  • Ben Wood Goal 31:00'
  • Bamford Goal 47:00'
  • McDonald Goal 61:00'
  • Norman Goal 73:00'
  • Ben Palmer Goal 90:00'
  • Dan Western 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
Mayne, James Mayne, James
Wood, Ben Wood, Ben
Downing, Sean Downing, Sean
Western, Dan Western, Dan
Turner, Ryan Turner, Ryan
Seymour, Ben Seymour, Ben
Carter, Ben Carter, Ben
Cinderford Town
  • 1. Clarke
  • 2. Norman
  • 3. Bloom
  • 4. Grimes
  • 5. Rhodes
  • 6. Watkins
  • 7. Sheehan
  • 8. McDonald
  • 9. Harding
  • 10. Bamford
  • 11. Angel
  • 12. Greaves
  • 13. Atkinson
  • 14. Michael

League round up

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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