BIDEFORD are through to the final of the Devon Intermediate Cup following a 19-13 win over Torquay Athletic.

The Tics are putting their emphasis on reaching the promotion play-offs in the Western Counties Division – and have two games to win to do it.

The cup is no longer a priority for the Recreation Grounders, who sent a scratch side to Bideford rather than risk any unwanted injuries.

The two sides had met seven days earlier in a league game at Torquay, but the difference in one side was very apparent.

“I only recognised six players from last week in the side that Torquay started with,” said Bideford team manager Dave Harris.

“It as a bit embarrassing that we could not do much better against what was virtually their second team.”

Torquay shot off into an early 6-0 lead thanks to a couple of penalties from Tony McCarthy.

Bideford responded with a try our of a maul for Matt Dennis which Ollie Wickett convrtd to take a 7-6 lead.

Back came Torquay to lead again with a try under the bar by James Tofollo that McCarthy converted.

There was a change of referee at half time when Derek Keeling went off with a hamstring strain and touch judge Andy Coles took command.

Bideford regained the lead when Richard Norman was mauled over the line.

Twenty minutes from time Sam Olde raced over from 40 metres out for a try by the posts that Wickett converted.

Bideford will be at home in the final to Okehampton over the weekend of April 28-29.

Bideford are at home to Truro this Saturday,

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RELEGATED Torrington haven’t had much to celebrate this season, so a 14-13 win over visiting Hayle was more than welcome.

The Cornwall & Devon Division game was a rearranged one from December last year,

Torrie started brightly with a fifth-minute try from Ben Hooper when Hayle ran out of defenders.

The Lions came back with line-out drive-over try credited to Adam Keverne which Adam Cope improved on.

A Sam Britton penalty put Torrie a point up at the break, but two strikes by Cope in the second half gave Hayle the advantage.

Britton kept Torrie in touch with a penalty then shunted them ahead with a long-distance effort from half way.

Curiously, Torrington are away to Hayle this Saturday.

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SOUTH Molton are at home to Salcombe this Saturday in the final round of Devon One fixtures.

Ilfracombe make the long trip to Old Technicians in Devon Two.