BIDEFORD got back to winning ways in the Cornwall & Devon Division in the best possible way with a 17-13 win over leaders Penryn. Bideford were never behind after taking a third-minute lead against the divisional leaders. The opening try was set up by Kud
BIDEFORD got back to winning ways in the Cornwall & Devon Division in the best possible way with a 17-13 win over leaders Penryn.Bideford were never behind after taking a third-minute lead against the divisional leaders.The opening try was set up by Kuda Mushava, scored by Andy Loosemore and converted by Chris Snell.Penryn levelled with a try from Syd Savaas that Taron Peacock converted, only to fall behind again when Snell popped over a penalty.Tit for tat it continued with Peacock potting a second penalty.Bideford regained the lead when they worked the ball away from a line out and No.8 Simon Bright finished off the move with a try. Snell converted.A Marek Churcher drop-goal for Penryn made it interesting, but Bideford played possession rugby in the time left to keep their lead intact to win for the first time in three starts."We shoved the ball up our jumpers and played phase after phase to keep the ball," said Bideford skipper Harvey Brown.Bideford visit Tavistock this Saturday.l SOUTH Molton kept the Devon One promotion candidates in sight when they defeated Wessex 34-5.Wessex, who went into the game on a run of five wins, took the lead with a try from Steve Boatfield after five minutes.South Molton skipper Simon Murch showed his side the way to the Wessex line and the home side went ahead with a try from flanker John Woolacott. Full-back Steve Snell scrapped into the Wessex corner just short of the turn around for a 15-5 advantage.Flanker Will Friend added his name to the score sheet with prop Mark Nott making it 25-5 midway through the second half. Snell joined the attack to send winger Graham Nott over the Wessex try line with Crispin converting.South Molton are halfway up the table, but have two games in hand on most of the teams above them. Honiton are the visitors to Unicorn Park this Saturday. l TORRINGTON missed a chance to gain ground on the Devon One leaders when they lost 17-13 to table-topping Teignmouth.Torrie remain third in the table, but are eight points behind the Teigns now and looking a the play-offs as their only way out of the division.Teignmouth took a 17-point lead by the 25th minute.Torrington staged a come back and No.8 Mike Wigley grabbed a try for Andy Manning to convert.Torrie fly-half Manning had time before the whistle to add a penalty for 17-10 at the turn around.It stayed nip and tuck until five minutes from time when Manning slotted a second penalty. Teignmouth held out under pressure to remain unbeaten this term.Torrington visit Wessex this Saturday.l ILFRACOMBE Mariners overwhelmed visiting Wessex 31-7 at Brimlands.Wessex took an early seven-point lead, but the home side had the chance to level it after centre Dan Wheeler dotted down next to the posts. Kicker Dan Brierley made no mistake with his second pot at the posts after winger Justin Swain put the home side in front. As the Ilfracombe pack gained control, winger Swain slipped over for his second touch down. Centre Simon Townsend added to the try count and replacement James Creek gave Brierley a conversion close to time.Ilfracombe 1st XV have no league game this Saturday. The Mariners visit Topsham in the Merit Table.l FORMER Bath and England rugby stars Steve Ojomoh and Matt Perry are running an Easter rugby camp at Barnstaple Rugby Club.The Easter three-day rugby academy pilot will take place from April 8-10 and is open to boys and girls aged 7-16 years old. The plan is to hold a week-long academy in August 2009.The camp has been put together by Active8 V15ion Sports Academy, a joint initiative between Perry and Ojomoh.Ojomoh, who was a pupil at West Buckland School near Barnstaple from 1981-88, played 160 times for Bath and won 12 international caps. Perry played for England, the British Lions and the Barbarians on 45 occasions.The inaugural Active8 V15ion Academy was held last summer in Bath and attracted 60-plus youngsters each day. Jeremy Guscott, Mike Catt and Danny Grewcock were among the line-up of Masterclass coaches.Following the success of the first academy, Ojomoh was keen to bring the concept to North Devon.Perry and Ojomoh will be holding a taster Masterclass with pupils from St Michael's School at Barnstaple RFC next Monday at noon.For further details contact Lisa McCool on 07546 331776, or visit www.active8 v15ion.co.uk for further information and booking forms.