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High-flying Robins face Spanish inquisition

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

By Ross Reid

Central defender Jack Furzer is back for Bideford as they host Cambridge City today  PICTURE: Rob Tibbles

Central defender Jack Furzer is back for Bideford as they host Cambridge City today PICTURE: Rob Tibbles

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Spanish striker Ramon Fennoll could make his Cambridge City debut in the Calor League Southern Premier top-of-the-table clash at third-placed Bideford today.

Fennoll is on standby as injured forward Kelvin Bossman is rated 50-50 after being substituted during fourth-placed City's 1-1 home draw with second-placed Hemel Hempstead Town last Saturday.

Lilywhites boss Gary Roberts has registered Fennoll, who has been on trial at City, so that he is able to feature against Sean Joyce's Robins at the Sports Ground.

Fennoll's compatriot, midfielder David Prada, is unavailable.

Joyce's selection options, ahead of a game he describes as "a big match", have been boosted by the return from suspension of central defenders Jack Furzer and Rob Farkins.

Midfielder Craig Duff is in contention after injury although Richard Groves is ruled out after suffering an ankle injury in last Saturday's 3-1 win at Burnham.

Joyce is also without on-loan Torquay United striker Ashley Yeoman (hamstring) as well as former Gulls winger Saul Halpin (ankle). The Bideford boss said: "I got a call from Ash to said he's pulled up in training on Thursday morning and so we get three back but it looks like we will have at least three out."

Nevertheless Bideford are making a habit of defying odds. In their first term in the Southern League top flight last season, the Reds finished third from bottom with 42 points from 42 matches. Just over a third of the way through this term, Joyce's flying Robins are perched on 36 points from 17 league games with 41 goals.

The North Devon club's turnaround in form has bought merited recognition for Joyce, his squad and their attacking brand of football.

The proud Bideford boss revealed: "We are getting a lot of respect from the clubs we are playing at the moment. A year ago they had never heard of us. We'd go away and they'd pat you on the head, put you back on the bus and send you home."

Truro City – 14th following last Saturday's 1-0 home win over Redditch United – face a tough test at high-flying Hemel today while in Division One South & West, eighth-placed Tiverton host promotion rivals North Leigh, in third.

New Barnstaple Town boss Barry Yeo takes charge of his hometown team for the first time today in their Toolstation Western League First Division home match against top-ten rivals Calne Town. Former Ilfracombe Town boss Yeo replaced Tom Bulley as Barum boss earlier this week.

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