Tuesday, September 4, 2012
BIDEFORD Chiefs avenged two league defeats by Torquay Athletic last season, beating the Seasiders 32-25 in their own backyard.
As Torquay were unbeaten at home all last season, it was a result Bideford could feel more than pleased with. It certainly sets them up nicely for Bude at home this Saturday.
Fly half James Wood hit an early penalty for Torquay, but it was the visitors who seized the initiative to dominate the first spell and earn a well deserved 19-10 interval lead.
Their game of kicking for the corner was rewarded by two catch and drive tries in quick succession by flanker Lee Watson and prop Matt Dennis.
Fly-half Ollie Wickett converted the second and then added the points to a touch down from winger Sam Olde, who broke clear from inside his own half.
In-between came Torquay’s own catch-and drive try by scrum-half Alex Jeffrey, with Wood adding the points.
Torquay upped the tempo after the break for Wood to land a penalty on the hour, but Wickett almost immediately cancelled it out with a similar effort and then put over another, before Olde sprinted clear again for a killer-try, which the busy No 10 also converted.
Torquay came again with a 20-yard try from centre Johnny Brown and made the scoreline a little more respectable with an injury-time touch down from prop Jon Woodhead.
l LINFORD Brock showed his pace with a try hat-trick as Barnstaple got off the mark with a 49-14 win at Oxford Harlequins.
The first half was nip and tuck for a while, but from 17-14 up Barnstaple shot clear.
There were tries in the backs for Ryan Carter and Will Topps and lock Matt Gohl grabbed one for the forwards.
Kevin Squire, Barnstaple’s director of rugby, said his new-look side showed up well first time out.
“Seven of the starting side are 19 or under – and 10 of the squad we took were under 21,” said Squire. “It is the youngest side Barnstaple have put out since league rugby started – all local lads - and I doubt there is a younger one anywhere in our division. We wanted to run with the ball and get it out into the wide channels. When we played through the phases and at pace, Oxford just couldn’t live with us.”
Barum are back at Pottington this Saturday for a National Three South West date with Redingensians.
l BIDEFORD Nomads opened their season with a trip to Crediton IIIs and returned with a hard-fought 15-12 victory.
It was nothing less than they deserved, having scored the opening two tries by James Charles and hooker Jason Turner and dominating the scrums and line-outs for the first 30 minutes.
At 10-0 and tackling like demons there seemed no way back for Crediton until a penalty decision 10 minutes in to the second half gave the hosts an opportunity. Another try within minutes saw them leading 12-10 and a penalty added further pain for Nomads, who then trailed 15-10.
Bideford overcame their hosts’ fight back and produced a flying finale with captain Lee Faux sprinting half the length of the field to score the try that brought the scores level and adding the conversion to win the spoils.
l BARNSTAPLE Colts were pushed all the way in a 19-17 win at Topsham.
Mistakes in defence let Topsham in for two first-half tries and a 10-0 lead. Just before the break Barum fly-half Justin Southam darted through the middle to score a nice try, which was converted by Scott Warren.
Man of the match Michael Peek put in a big performance in the second half, with a brace of tries, one from the line out and also a pick up from a ruck, where he drove straight through. Warren converted one from two for a comfortable 19-10 with 10 minutes to go.
Barum went down to 14 men in the latter stages. Topsham pushed hard for a score and weak defence out wide let them in. Barnstaple are back at Pottington for a game against Bideford this Saturday.