BIDEFORD 2 FLEET TOWN 1
SQUIRE STUNNER DEFEATS FLEET
Kevin Squire’s stunning first half strike helped Bideford to a much needed win over Fleet Town at the Sports Ground on Saturday.
Having only won of their first six games in all competitions, The Robins were looking to start well and they should’ve been ahead as early as the seventh minute. Ryan Turner was put clean through with only Brendon Norris to beat but the Fleet goalkeeper came out on top in the one-on-one battle. Bideford did however get the goal their bright start deserved after 15 minutes when Toby Down headed home his first for the club from a Matt Bye corner. Down looked like doubling his tally soon after as he cleverly flicked the ball up to himself in the box but his attempted volley was snuffed out.
Squire then doubled Bideford’s lead just past the half hour with a quite superb strike from all of 30 yards. The Robins’ striker was afforded time to tee himself up and as the ball bounced up off the turf Squire unleashed a scintillating strike that sailed over Norris and into the top corner of the net. It was not too dissimilar to his equally excellent goal at home to Frome Town back in 2015 for those who remember that one.
More chances came before the break as a great run from Ben Wood down the right ended with Norris saving from Turner and Norris then denied Squire who had cut inside onto his right and shot low at the near post.
The one way traffic continued at the start of the second half as Wood this time broke down the left and found Turner on the edge of the box but Norris produced a good save low to his right to deny the striker. Squire then glanced a header wide after Turner had made his way to the by-line and Wood forced Norris into another save after being found by a great cross field pass from Squire.
Despite being in full control of the game Bideford then allowed the visitors back into the contest following a mistake from James Mayne. Abdul Rajab was able to nip in after Mayne mis-controlled a pass and simply squared for Meshach Williams to tap in from close range. It was Fleet’s first real chance of the game and they were a different side for the final half an hour. Ronan Silva fired a speculative effort over the bar and Billy Oram almost got lucky as his cross from the right bounced back off the crossbar with Steve Oliver at full stretch.
Bideford were able to weather the storm however and almost made things more secure late on as a good run and cross from Will Hancox was beaten away well by Norris with Ian Sampson and the returning Sean Downing waiting in the middle ready to pounce.
Bideford: Oliver, Down, Sampson, Mayne, Haynes, Gregory, Heeney, Bye, Wood (Hancox 86), Turner (Ward 56), Squire (Downing 65).
Bideford: Down 15, Squire 32
Fleet Town: Williams 60