This weekend’s North Devon rugby round-up

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BARNSTAPLE held National Three South West leaders Bracknell to an 8-8 draw at Pottington, which wasn’t the result joint head-coach Steve Perry felt Barum deserved.

Perry felt Barum were good enough to win the game and didn’t mind saying so afterwards.

“We made a few too many errors in the first half and didn’t really get our game going, or use the wind effectively,” said Perry.

“Bracknell have a very good defence and you don’t get too many chances against them.

“We created quite a few but our handling and passing let us down.

“In the second half we played a lot better, but didn’t have that many chances.

“A draw is always better than a loss, but I am disappointed we didn’t win as we could have done.”

Matt Down, who later went off with a knee injury, missed an early penalty, which would have put Barum ahead.

Two minutes later Liam Prescott put one over for Bracknell.

On 28 minutes Bracknell went further ahead when centre Joe Price reached through a tackle to get the ball down on the line.

Will Topps put Barum on the board on the whistle with a penalty after Bracknell deliberately knocked on to prevent a pass going out in the red zone.

Barnstaple came out smoking in the second half and put pressure on from the start.

Topps missed a penalty three minutes in, but Barum had momentum and kept pressing.

Pressure told eventually and on 48 minutes Toby Williamson cashed in on good work by Ryan Brend to grab the levelling try.

Both sides had chances in the time left, but neither could put them away.

Barnstaple have a Devon derby at Brixham this Saturday.

BIDEFORD edged further away from the South West One drop zone by beating struggling Sidmouth 35-15.

Sidmouthg made life difficult for Bideford but could not stop them winning.

Bideford coach Tim Priest said his side committed a cardinal sin in the second half and were lucky not to pay for it.

“The first half was tight – 14-8 to us it finished – then in the second half we scored a couple of tries and had the bonus point in the bag,” said Priest.

“Then we made the mistake of sitting back a bit and Sidmouth came straight back into it.

“We haven’t learned yet that teams in this division don’t just give up; they keep coming.

“It was a win we had to work hard for in the end.”

Sam Olde winged in for a try hat-trick to set the seal of Bideford’s win.

James Buckland and prop Paul Thomas were the other scorers.

Neil Giddy landed all five conversions for Bideford.

Dan Retter scored a first-half try for Sidmouth and also kicked a penalty. In the second half Giles Dixon banked a try that Retter converted.

Victory lifted Bideford out of the bottom three on points difference,

Bideford are away to leaders Cleve this Saturday.

SOUTH Molton had no game in Devon One last Saturday and have a blank date this week.

Molton sent a side to Sidmouth 2nd XV for a friendly and won 35-28.

ILFRACOMBE got their first win of the Devon Two season coming away from a long trip to Devonport HSOB with a 25-10 victory.

Both sides have had difficult starts to their respective seasons and would have welcomed a win.

Fly half Sam Taylor inspired his Ilfracombe side to victory and was instrumental in tries for Nathan Townsend, John Spain, Harrison Say and Gavin Pincombe which ensured a bonus point victory.

Tamar Saracens moved level on points at the top of the table after a 23-10 home win over Torrington.

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