AFC Totton vs Bideford
AFC Totton v Bideford Preview
I can’t ever recall a season where the Stags have started with two consecutive home league games, but this is what we see happening for the 20/21 campaign The truth is that this Saturday was originally set aside as a blank weekend. However, the Stags and Bideford looked at their fixtures and thought it would be a great idea to bring forward our fixture, which was scheduled for a midweek in late October (Tues 27th). It makes sense all round, a Saturday fixture ‘should’ see a larger crowd than we would have for a midweek game in late October, and it’s better for the Robins to travel on a Saturday, for what is one of their longest trips of the season.
Bideford started their season with a 3-0 win over Wells City in the FA Cup Preliminary Round, then they opened their League campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Larkhall, the Robins led 2-0 at the break with a brace from Ryan Turner, but the larks fought back to earn a share of the spoils. Then on Wednesday evening (23rd) they faced Tiverton Town in the 1st qualifying Round of the FA Cup, unfortunately for the Robins, they were beaten 2-0 at Ladysmead.
From what I could see Bideford made four additions to their squad from last season, midfielder George Nancekevil came in from Tiverton Town, striker Jordan Annear joined from Tavistock, centre back Nick Milton joined the Robins as did Ben Carter, who returns for his 2nd spell at the Sports ground. One familiar Robins name from recent seasons who Totton fans will not see this Saturday is attacking midfielder Sean Downing, the 28-year-old suffered a stroke back in June. We hope Sean is well on the way to making a full recovery, I for one, can certainly remember Sean getting his name on the scoresheet against the Stags on a couple of occasions in recent seasons.
Bideford will certainly offer Glenn Howes side a stern test this weekend, the Robins are always a tough nut to crack. Over the year’s there has been some crackers between the Stags and the Robins. Since 2010 the clubs have met 15 times and Totton’s record reads, Won 4 Drawn 6 Lost 5 Goals For 28 and Goals against 24. This record includes an FA Trophy tie at the Testwood Stadium in 2012/13, which incidently, Totton won 2-0 with goals from Ryan Hill and Richard Gillespie.