Nomads back to winning ways

Joseph Bulmer

BIDEFORD Nomads returned to winning ways with a grafting 19-10 victory over visitors Sidmouth.

Sidmouth sported a big front five and a loan prop in Bideford’s Jamie Evans.

Evans had a fine game, falling short by just two metres to burst over the try line with five minutes remaining, which would have put immense pressure on the hosts.

Nomads spent the final 10 minutes tackling like demons to keep Sidmouth at bay, with Pete Seward and Richard Squire in the thick of the action.

The visitors piled on the pressure from the kick-off and it was no surprise when they barged over after a series of penalties and a fine conversion took them into a 7-0 lead. This was extended before the break with a penalty that left the home team asking questions about their discipline.

But part two was a different story, with Jason Turner and captain Mike Powe spurring on the Nomads and a penalty try was just reward for a lengthy period of pressure.

Shaun Woodhead added the two points before a purple patch with forwards and backs combining in a number of moves brought a cracking try from colt Jake Norris, which finally gave Bideford the lead.

Woodhead broke from defence with a sparkling run to score a fine try and added the two points to take his team into the 19-10 lead they held on to until the final whistle.

Centre Harry Walter was Man-of-the Match, with colt Matt Underwood and debutant Kiwi Chris Falconer also putting in strong performances.