MATCH REACTION: KEVIN HILL ON BIDEFORD DRAW

Kevin Hill reflected on a strong second half performance, as his side battled back to pick up a 1-1 draw away to Bideford AFC.

Having gone 1-0 down due to a Craig Duff penalty, a Harry Walford goal after 65 minutes levelled up proceedings and Town had plenty of chances to come away with more than a point. 

Speaking shortly after the game, Hill said:

“After the first half performance, I’m delighted with the point. I know what (Sean) Joycey’s sides are like, we are both a little bit old school, in a Boxing Day fixture you never know what side is going to turn up.

The lads dug in well in the second half and fully deserved to come back, and if anything we could have gone on to win it.

But saying that, Robbie Powell made an excellent save at the start of the second half to stop us going two down, if that goes in then I think it’s over there.

The lads stuck at it and kept probing and probing, you see at the end there Ben’s (Steer) through twice one on one, (Aarron) Denny’s took a shot from the edge of the box where he could have took it a bit further, so the chances were there.

They’ve beat Sholing here, it’s a tough place to come and you pick up points on the road, I’m delighted.

“I thought it was a soft penalty, you can see why they have giving it, the boy has held his ground and Harry’s (Walford) has been a bit clumsy and gone straight into him, but to me that penalty comes from the first thing.

They win it, and Ryan (Turner) has come in from the blindside, flick-on, free header and it’s just a gamble and it’s got the runners.

That’s where I think if we can be big and strong and win them headers in the first place, that doesn’t happen.

The way the second half went, we could say that we were unlucky but while I’m not saying they had clear chances in the first half, they had more first half, it was a bit hit or miss.

I actually thought if anyone was going to get the winner, it was going to be us.”

After two months out of the team due to injury, goalkeeper Robbie Powell made numerous important saves to keep Town in the game, and Hill singled him and fellow goalkeeper Chris Wright out for praise.

“He was brilliant, especially as he hasn’t played for two months.

To be fair, that’s the thing with him and (Chris) Wrighty, they are both good.

They speak with each other and Wrighty has done us a favour, looked after him and he played as much as he could to give Robbie the best chance, but fair play to Robbie, he’s come back in and was excellent today.”

Town will be back in action on the 2nd of January, as they welcome Willand Rovers to the Circle of Care Community Stadium, at the slightly earlier kick off time of 2pm.

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