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Refreshed Robins seek revenge on Bluebirds

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

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Bideford and their supporters will be hoping today's Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division match at Chippenham Town goes ahead.

Sean Joyce's Robins have suffered three postponements in a row and have not played competitive Southern League football since a 1-1 home draw against AFC Totton two weeks ago, due to the dreadful winter weather.

The forecast is better for today's match at Hardenhuish Park, where Bideford will seek to avenge a last-gasp 2-1 home defeat by the Bluebirds last November.

Joyce said: "We were 1-0 up, they've scored late to level and Matt Andrew had the ball up their end in the final minute.

"He could have shepherded it out of play or hung on to it but he went for it, crossed the ball, their 'keeper cleared it downfield and they scored.

"I could have told him to play keep-ball but that's not my style and, besides, my players don't play like that.

"We won promotion last season going for it and scoring plenty of late goals so I can't complain when we go for it and concede a late winner because we're in a higher division now and sometimes you've got to play the odds.

"Nine times out of ten last season we wouldn't have been punished for it. This season we have been but that's just the chance you take and I'm still loving taking chances and being in there, in the mix.

"Our aims this season were to avoid relegation and then look to consolidate, if we can develop and pick up some more knowledge that will help us improve next season than I am more than happy.

"We've got 18 games to go and it could be a bit busy now we have to re-arrange those three games but everyone else is in the same boat."

Joyce got his squad together for an impromptu training session in Torquay last Saturday following the postponement of their trip to second-from-bottom Redditch United.

He said: "The difficulty with games being called off like our game last Tuesday is that obviously you can't train on the pitch and by the time the game is called off it's too late to set up something indoors because all the facilities are booked up.

"I expect the lads to be a wee bit rusty first game back but sometimes a short break can work in your favour."

Bideford are 16th in the Southern League top flight, two points behind Chippenham with a game in hand.

Tiverton Town hope to play their first Division One South and West game in four weeks at Didcot Town today. Fifth-placed Tiverton's last outing was a 1-1 home draw with Bishop's Cleeve on January 5.

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