BIDEFORD Nomads were unable to provide a good crowd with a home victory as they succumbed 15-0 to a strong Topsham II.
The result was in the balance for most of the game despite the visitors crossing for a five-point lead after two minutes.
Good defence and some suspect handling from both teams denied further scores until a stray pass deep within the Nomadsâ€™ 22 allowed an interception and the second Topsham try right on half time.
A 12-0 deficit was not insurmountable, but the visitorsâ€™ defence continued to repel one attack after another,
Nomadsâ€™ forwards battled up to the try line on many occasions without being able to touch down.
Topsham sealed their victory with a last-minute penalty.
Tim Falkner had a fine game at No.8 for the hosts with other strong performances from Jamie Evans before he was concussed and hospitalized, and half-backs Shaun Woodhead and Mike Powe.
The pack, led By Darren Palmer until he left the field with a badly dislocated finger, were strong in the scrum and dominated the line-out.
Nomads travel again to Torrington this weekend to continue their series of derby battles.
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