BIDEFORD defeated Okehampton 19-13 to book their place in the second round of the Rhino Devon Senior Cup. Bideford were soon on the attack when Andy McKenzie-Shapland was almost able to put wing Andy Baxter over for an early try. Okehampton won a penalty
BIDEFORD defeated Okehampton 19-13 to book their place in the second round of the Rhino Devon Senior Cup.Bideford were soon on the attack when Andy McKenzie-Shapland was almost able to put wing Andy Baxter over for an early try.Okehampton won a penalty on the Bideford 22 and fly-half Gary Sizmur kicked it for a 3-0 lead.Bideford attacked from the restart and good handling from the backs eventually saw Ollie Wickett dive over in the corner for a 5-3 lead.It was end-to-end play at times with both sides taking their turns in attack. The Chiefs struck next when No.8 Simon Bright made a break, James Starkey carried the ball forward to set up a ruck and the ball was spun wide for skipper Harvey Brown to score his first of the season.Wickett knocked over the conversion for a 12-5 Bideford lead.Okehampton started the second half the stronger of the two sides. Hooker Bruce Griffith found himself with no one to beat and strolled in under the posts for Okehampton's first try of the day as the away side narrowed the gap to 12-10.Bideford got going again and when they disrupted an Okehampton scrum close to their own goal line. Back row Nathan Giddy scrambled on the loose ball and gave the Chiefs some breathing space with a nine-point lead. 19-10Five minutes from time Sizmur kicked a penalty for the Oaks.Bideford were able to close out the game for an impressive victory.Bideford manager Dave Harris said the win lifted the team after the disappointment of a league defeat at Truro."It was a great performance from the team and really good to bounce back from the disappointment of last week," said Harris."The players who came in for the first time all did extremely well."l BIDEFORD Colts went down 44-3 at Sidmouth in a game that will be remembered for the wrong reasons.The game was niggly with both sides being picked up for foul play.Sidmouth led 28-3 at half time, Crouch giving Bideford their only points with a penalty.The game deteriorated in the second half when a mass brawl broke out and led to the referee calling the captains and coaches together for a warning lecture. At that point the game was very nearly called off.Bideford's Man of the Match Will Bathurst was brilliant in his defence and the scoreline could have been a lot worse if it had not been for him.l South Molton slipped out of the EDF Vase when they lost 18-16 at Honiton.Honiton gave away a penalty that South Molton full-back Adam Crispin slotted.Crispin then converted his own try as Molton went 7-10 up.Crispin slotted a penalty and his side's pick-and-drive game kept the home pack under the cosh. With Crispin's third kick, the visitors looked to be heading for the next round. Honiton thought otherwise.Lock Dave Vallender pulled a try back then Nex slotted a penalty. Five minutes from time, Nex kicked the winner.l BIDEFORD Nomads seem unable to shed a losing habit as they went down for the second game running.Following on from the 21-19 defeat by Sidmouth, in which Peter McMillan, Richard Middleton and Pete Seward were the try scorers, the Nomads lost 43-7 to Tiverton.Having gone 21-0 down early on, the Nomads pulled a try back through Jason Turner that McMillan converted.Tiverton were held until the hour mark ,then ran away with the game to add three more tries.