Second half display maintains Bideford winning run

Joseph Bulmer

BIDEFORD made it four wins on the trot at the top of the Western Counties table with a 14-7 win over Wellington.

There was no score in the first half, but after the interval things livened up.

On a rare running attack, Wellington created a two-on-one overlap. However, Bideford’s Sam Olde risked the interception and sprinted back under the posts. Ollie Wickett, who missed an early conversion, converted.

Bideford had lost Pete Hockridge due to injury in the warm up. Due to unavailability this Saturday, prop James O’Sullivan was moved to No.8.

The switch paid off as a series of scrums ended in O’Sullivan picking up and sprinting from the half way under the posts. Wickett converted.

Wellington were certainly not finished and reverted back to a kicking game which saw them score from a well-worked rolling maul.

Former Gloucestershire and England lock Dave Sims, on as a replacement for Wellington, set up the maul for Chris Kitto to claim the try.

In the time left Bideford went close to adding a third try with man of the match Chris Snell leading the way.

Captain Andy Loosemore was a pass away from the line but was tackled before the ball had been passed.

Unfortunately the incident resulted in Loosemore dislocating his shoulder and he will be missing for a while.

Joint coach Kevin Booth said of the game: “It was a gritty win by the lads. Chris Snell was fantastic in attack and created opportunities for us.

“It is a real blow to loose Andy so early. We have Buckland away for three weeks, Slee has had and operation and is recovering so we will be taking a good look at the players training this week to assess our options for the trip to Exeter Saracens this Saturday.”

TORRINGTON went down 41-3 to Pirates Amateurs in a one-sided affair at Donnacroft. Andy Manning kicked a lone penalty avoid the whitewash.

Torrie are away to newly promoted Plymouth Barbarians on Saturday.