MATCH PREVIEW: Bideford (A)

Bideford v Yate

Match Preview

Bideford AFC v Yate Town

Saturday 18th November – kick-off 3pm

Bideford

On Saturday Yate Town travel to Devon to play Bideford AFC for a Southern League fixture. With last Friday’s eagerly awaited Friday night game against Larkhall Athletic postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following days of rain, Bluebells fans will now have to wait until Saturday 9th December before they play again at Lodge Road again, when Tavistock AFC are the visitors. The date of the rearranged game against Larkhall Athletic will be announced shortly.

At Bideford, manager Darren Mullings hopes to include new signing Milo Murgatroyd, with the forward having scored regularly for Odd down in the Western League this season. James Bryne, Lewis Hall and Dan Dempsey, now having recovered from injuries, should also be in the frame but following Joe Hall’s fifth booking of the season in the game against Evesham kit means that he will serve a one match ban on Saturday. Departing is forward George Box who signed for Westbury United this week.

With all the wet weather this week and what is forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning it means that the game is likely to be in doubt and a pitch inspection will take place before the team are due to set off for Devon.

Our opponents

Bideford currently occupy 8th position in the League table and had a blank weekend last Saturday, with no fixture. Sitting just outside the top five Bideford have enjoyed a solid start to the season. Long-serving manager, Sean Joyce, had seen his side win four of their last five League games prior to a couple of weeks ago, including a recent 3-1 home victory over much fancied Wimborne Town. Bideford then hosted Willand Rovers a fortnight ago but were beaten 0-2 at home as Willand went top. Mathew Buchan is their leading goal scorer and was twice on target in the recent win against Wimborne and again at Evesham in a 2-1 win a couple of weeks ago. However, Bideford were knocked out by Sidmouth, away, 1-3 in the Devon Cup on 8th November, their goal being scored by Wright.

Bideford GroundBideford Ground

If travelling to Bideford by car the postcode of the ground is EX39 2NG. The 114-mile journey from Yate, via the M5, A361 and the A39 should take about 2 hours 20 minutes. The Sports Ground is not far from where you have crossed the River Torridge and has a capacity of 6,300 with 375 seats.

Make it a day out:

Bideford is a historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge in north Devon. It is the main town of the Torridge local government district. This historic harbour town is packed with independent shops, local produce and the picturesque quay, which draws visitors during every season. Bideford was once Britain’s third largest port and while it still has maritime connections, these days, it is more widely known as being a thriving shopping centre, with a historic Pannier Market as well as being the home to the Atlantic Village outlet, where you can find your favourite brands at bargain prices. Quirky shops line the streets where you can find interesting items and unique gifts.