Bideford keep record - by a point!

Joseph Bulmer

BIDEFORD had to work hard to beat Ivybridge 14-13 and preserve an unbeaten record stretching back more than a season.

Ivybridge were no pushovers, coming into the game having lost only to talented Torquay, and have just down into the Western Counties after several years in South West One.

Ivybridge took some time to get into the game with Sam Olde capitalising by scoring two tries in the first half.

The first was on the end of a trademark jinking run from halfway, which Ollie Wickett converted.

The second was created by the classy Chris Snell, who went on a run from deep in his own half and put in a clever chip behind the defence for Olde to dribble over the line.

Again skipper Wickett added the extra points.

Before half time Ivybridge lost fly-half Tom Newman to a suspected broken leg after he fell awkwardly having been tackled by Nathan Giddy.

The second half was a different story. Ivybridge commanded their forward play and mauled into more attacking areas of the ground.

Ivybridge’s Sean Malone muscled his way across the line for a try converted by Adam Bradley.

Bradley landed a further penalty and a great drop-goal to bring the game to within one point.

Bideford dug deep to prevent their first loss in 32 games and came out on top.... just.

The game was delayed a second time due to a nasty head injury that saw Ivybridge prop Dec Sexton taken to hospital after he came off worst trying to tackle Man of the Match Giddy.

Bideford’s joint coach Kevin Booth said: “This was a game we were all looking forward too.

“We knew Ivybridge would be a good side and a real test for us having played in South West One for such a long time.

“To be fair we stepped up to the mark. Jono Mock, Nathan Giddy and Chris Snell were outstanding - and we have Jamie Giddy, Lee Weston and James Starkey to come back from injury at Kingsbridge this Saturday.”