Young­sters will bounce back for Bide­ford

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Sport - BY LEE HALL

Bide­ford man­ager Sean Joyce is con­fi­dent his young squad will learn from their mis­takes and re­sults will im­prove af­ter their re­cent blip.

The South­ernLeague Divi­son One South Robins suf­fered their third straight league de­feat af­ter los­ing 3-1 at home to pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Money­fields on Sat­ur­day. But Joyce in­sists there’s no need to panic, and says his play­ers, while ac­knowl­edg­ing they are lack­ing in self be­lief af­ter their re­cent run, are learn­ing the hard way, and be­lieves it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore they re­turn to form.

He said: “I’m dis­ap­pointed. We’re just lack­ing a bit of con­fi­dence at the mo­ment, but I’m not too dis­il­lu­sioned.

“We’re los­ing games but play­ing well, and we’re just get­ting hit in short spells in games and giv­ing our­selves too much work to do.

“We were 3-0 down in­side the first 15 min­utes on Sat­ur­day and I was start­ing to panic. I thought from there it would be dam­age lim­i­ta­tion.

“But in the se­cond half we played re­ally well. I said to the play­ers that the best way to de­fend was at­tack them and go at them. We did that, scored a goal and it was a much bet­ter se­cond 45 min­utes.

“Af­ter los­ing a lot of play­ers in the sum­mer we have a young, in­ex­pe­ri­enced squad, but they will learn with ev­ery game.

“We have to watch and learn from sides like Money­fields. They were men, from one to 16, with ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing at a higher level. There are things our play­ers can pick up from them and it will make them bet­ter play­ers.

“It will come good, over the next five or six weeks there will be more shape and I’m sure re­sults will pick up again.”

De­spite their re­cent run, Bide­ford are only three points out­side the play-off places.

On Sat­ur­day they travel to Cin­der­ford Town, who they will move above if they re­turn to win­ning ways.

Bide­ford will be with­out Craig Allen, who is sus­pended, while Ben Wood is away.

Joyce says he will be look­ing to add to his squad this week, but on a lim­ited bud­get he ad­mits his tar­gets will be re­stricted.


Torquay man­ager has a de­ci­sion to make be­tween goal­keeper Shaun McDon­ald (above) and fit-again Alex Bass

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