Bideford end losing streak with narrow win over Penryn

Forward Tom Evans goes on a storming run for Bideford against Penryn. Picture: Kevin Crowl

Forward Tom Evans goes on a storming run for Bideford against Penryn. Picture: Kevin Crowl - Credit: Kevin Crowl

Bideford ended a three-game losing streak in Western Counties West when they defeated visiting Penryn 26-24.

Forward Tom Evans goes on a storming run for Bideford against Penryn. Picture: Kevin Crowl

Forward Tom Evans goes on a storming run for Bideford against Penryn. Picture: Kevin Crowl - Credit: Kevin Crowl

Coach Simon Morrell felt Bideford should have won the game more comfortably and not had to rely on a touchline conversion to clinch a narrow victory.

It was a full five-pointer though and stopped Bideford sliding below halfway, which would have happened had they lost.

Penryn came back from 14-10 down at half time to lead 24-14 with time running down. Bideford hit them with two tries in quick succession to snatch the match.

"It was a win full of character, courage and belief," said Morrell.

Forward Tom Evans goes on a storming run for Bideford against Penryn. Picture: Kevin Crowl

Forward Tom Evans goes on a storming run for Bideford against Penryn. Picture: Kevin Crowl - Credit: Kevin Crowl


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"We had a very positive first 10 minutes, but were wasteful when we should have gone two or three scores clear.

"Penryn got a fortuitous try and this put us under real pressure. Dean Folland restored our lead before half time.

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"Unforced errors cost us dearly in the second half and allowed Penryn to get two quick scores.

"Our response was relentless and excellent. Two scores brought us level and a touchline conversion from Chris Snell sealed a gutsy win."

Forward Tom Evans goes on a storming run for Bideford against Penryn. Picture: Kevin Crowl

Forward Tom Evans goes on a storming run for Bideford against Penryn. Picture: Kevin Crowl - Credit: Kevin Crowl

Folland (2), Callum Davies and Alex Hillman were the Bideford try scorers. Reece Pearne converted both tries before the break and Snell landed the two-point winner.

Bideford are away to bottom side Saltash this Saturday.

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