Bideford aren’t out of relegation danger yet in South West One, but can see a path to safety after beating relegation worriers Matson 22–10 at KGV.
Victory kept Bideford out of the bottom three and stopped Matson moving ahead of them.
Clevedon are as good as doomed now after their drubbing by Teignmouth, but any two of Matson (33 points), Teignmouth (38), Bideford (40), Keynsham (45) and North Petherton (46) could go with them. Even Bridgwater (50) aren’t totally safe.
Bradley Goaman, Bideford’s team manager, said as steps in the right direction are concerned the importance of this one couldn’t be underestimated.
“Had we lost this one it could have been curtains for us,” said Goaman.
“We needed a result to restore some confidence and hopefully this will have done it. Matson are not a bad side – they are physical with a good scrum-half – so we were pleased to take four points off them.”
Chris Snell scored two tries and kicked the goals for Bideford. Matt Bowes in the second row also notched a try.
John Mock in the second row was man of the match for Bideford, who are at home to North Petherton on Saturday.