BIDEFORD would have hoped for a bit more than a 24-12 win over bottom side Tiverton in Western Counties, but were happy to come away with a victory.
Tiverton’s defence hasn’t been great this season, but it was good enough yesterday to restrict Bideford to just three tries and rob them of a bonus point.
“It was a bonus point lost, but it is always good to win away from home and we will take that,” said Bideford team manager Dave Harris.
Bideford were ahead as early as the second minute when Ben Westaway went over in a maul.
Ollie Wickett converted then added a penalty for 10-0 at half time.
Bideford added two more tries – both converted by Wickett – from James Buckland and Chris Snell.
With an hour gone and a 24-0 lead Bideford eased off and it cost them two tries conceded.
TORRINGTON put up quite a fight before Crediton finally got the better of them 13-6
It was 8-6 to Crediton at the break with Craig Hooper slotting two penalties for the home side.
Crediton’s points came from Mike Pearce with a try and Tom Ronchetti with a penalty.
Dave Rich jinked over for a try to make the game safe for Crediton.
SOUTH Molton won 25-24 at New Cross in Kingsteignton, but only after a nail-biting finish.
The lead changed hands three times in a frenetic final 10 minutes but when the whistle blew it was the visitors who held a slender lead.
New Cross had lead for most of the match after getting off the board with a try from scrum-half Louis Griffiths.
Ryan Wotton added to that lead with another try but South Molton responded with a first-half score from Courtney Lucas.
Griffiths’ second try of the game extended the hosts’ advantage but two penalties from Steven Ayres kept the visitors within sight,
When No.8 Rhys Andrews crossed from the back of a scrum in the final ten minutes - and Ayres converted - South Molton looked to have stolen it.