Biddy need just one more win

Joseph Bulmer

BIDEFORD are one more win away from promotion from the Cornwall & Devon Division after a 29-7 win at Hayle.

Two teams go up from the division and Bideford will be one of them if they win at Falmouth this Saturday.

Biddy had a dream start against third-placed Hayle, scoring a try after just three minutes.

The visitors kicked off deep into Hayle territory and were awarded a penalty, which they drilled into the corner to set up an attacking line-out. Flanker Matt Dennis scored from the resulting catch and drive, converted by outside half Ollie Wickett.

Hayle came back strongly and on 35 minutes flanker Tom Outram claimed a try following a powerful forward drive, converted by outside-half Matt Thomas to tie the score at 7-7.

The visitors replied on 40 minutes with a try from centre Adam Crouch to lead 12-7 at the interval.

Bideford extended their lead in the second half with tries from wingers Chris Snell on 55 minutes and Sam Olde on 85 minutes, both converted by Wickett, who also slotted a penalty.

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SOUTH Molton’s fight for survival in Devon One continued as they ground out a 12-8 win away to Plymstock.

There was a hint of controversy over South Molton’s opener. Oaks’ full-back thought he had called a mark, but the referee didn’t hear it and he was forced to concede a five-metre scrum, from which No.8 Dan Smith crossed.

The hosts responded with a penalty from Tom West in the first half.

Both teams touched down tries in the second period, Ben Hockey crossing for Oaks and skipper Courtney Lucas for South Molton, which was enough to seal a vital win.

Molton remain in the bottom two, a couple of points behind New Cross, whom they must get past to stay up. The two sides meet on March 26 at Unicorn Park.

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TORRINGTON staged one comeback, but couldn’t manage another in their 24-15 defeat by Totnes.

There wasn’t much to choose between the sides in the forwards, but Totnes had a clear edge in the backs.

From 17-0 down after 20 minutes, Torrie got back to 17-15 thanks to a couple of tries from Luke Bayment, plus a conversion and penalty by Craig Hooper.

Totnes pulled away again in the second half and this time there was no way back.

Torrie have no first team game this weekend. Their next game is against Bideford at Donnacroft on March 26.

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ILFRACOMBE eased to a 32-3 win over Plymouth Argaum in Devon Two.

Sam Court and James Creek scored twice for Ilfracombe with Byron Montague and Jake King also on the scoresheet.

Ilfracombe travel to Devonport HSOBs this Saturday.