Back to back wins for young Biddy

Joseph Bulmer

BIDEFORD U14s didn’t put a foot wrong in back-to-back games against Bude and Bodmin.

Great handling and forward play led to a 44-0 win over Bude. Tries were scored by George King, Michael Smith, Alex Rogers and Ben Johnson.

Bodmin were beaten 30-0 in a follow-up game, which featured great handling in the backline.

Try scorers were Hayden Morris, Toby Johns, Ben Johns, Harry Jones, Patrick Kendry and Reece Pearn.

Man of the match was Josh Salmon.

Bideford U13s lost 39-22 to an improving Bude side.

Bideford got off to a slow start but rallied in the second half.

Try scorers were Kai Abbott, Jack Willes (2) and Alex Hannam, who also converted once.

BIDEFORD U16s were defeated 62-0 by Barnstaple at King George V in an Exeter University League game.

Right from the kick-off the Barnstaple forwards took control.

Joe Dimelow took a number of early strikes in the scrum against the put in, which allowed roving No.8 Jake Meredith to touch down early on after collecting the ball at the back of the scrum to dive over.

The hosts were then driven back as wave after wave of attack came from the visitors, who ran in tries through Rob Hendy, Jacob Nash, Jordan Petherbridge, Gareth Sloman and Dom Thorne to give a 43-0 lead at the interval.

The brief second half was much the same with Barnstaple dominating the set piece and Bradley Drew showing good form after a long lay off through injury to score a cracking try.

Jacob Nash scored a second after a good scrum and Elliot Howard was again rampant in the loose and put in a man of the match performance jointly with Rob Hendy who finished off a fine performance with a solo try.

Jordan Petherbridge kicked six conversions to give another impressive personal tally of 17 points.

Referee Conrad Sutcliffe had to call a half seven minutes into the second half as Hendy’s try took the tally through the 60-point mark.

The two sides meet again this Sunday (11am) at King George’s in the Devon U16 Cup.

BARNSTAPLE U13s were defeated for the first time this season when they went down 47-19 to Cullompton.

Despite long periods in the opposition’s territory, Barum gave away three early breakaway tries from careless turnovers, resulting in a 17-0 half-time deficit.

Scores from Danny Southworth and the excellent Edward May gave Barum hope, but more careless turnovers cost them dear as Cullompton’s ability to get wide on turnover ball proved decisive.

Ed May scored a late try for Barum. Jono Slee kicked two conversions.