CHRISTMAS came a little late for Bideford U15s as they beat Torquay 12-7 on Sunday to claim their first win of the season. It was hard to tell at the end of the game whether the parents, or the players, were more astonished at what they had done. This hig
CHRISTMAS came a little late for Bideford U15s as they beat Torquay 12-7 on Sunday to claim their first win of the season.It was hard to tell at the end of the game whether the parents, or the players, were more astonished at what they had done.This highly enjoyable game was an example of how rugby should be played: hard, fast and with smiles on players and parents faces alike.Bideford were 5-0 up at half time and increased the lead with a converted try after the interval.The second half was end to end and Torquay pulled a try back with 15 minutes to go.The try prodded Torquay into action and they put Bideford under heavy pressure for the final 10 minutes.Torquay got within a foot of the try line more than once, but Bideford could see the winning post in sight and were not going to give in.l BIDEFORD snatched a 13-10 win at Teignmouth with a try in the last few minutes.Ollie Wickett popped over two early penalties to put the Teigns ahead - one a monster effort that needed a field gun boot.Ten minutes before half time the Teigns cut the leeway with a penalty of their own from Ivan Pitman.Five minutes before the break the Teigns snatched the lead when flanker Chris Tidman crossed for Pitman to add the additionals.It was 10-6 to Teignmouth through half time and beyond and it looked like finishing that way. But a breakaway try by wing Sam Old, which Wickett converted, gave Bideford a winning lead.l BARNSTAPLE Colts put up a credible performance against Sidmouth before going down 20-10.Sidmouth are second in the Colts Merit Table and won convincingly in the previous fixture between the teams earlier in the season.Barnstaple were up for the match from the start. They dominated much of the initial play and deservedly took the lead on 15 minutes.After a passage of good play by the Team, the Pack won quick ruck ball, allowing No.8 Jack Flanagan to score. Unfortunately, a lack of concentration just a few minutes later gave Sidmouth the chance to kick a penalty. Then they scored a converted try to go 10-5 up.Sidmouth scored another converted try to lead 17-5 at the interval.The second half was really competitive throughout. Barnstaple looked to be getting back into the match when a period of sustained pressure resulted in flanker Winston James scoring a try.However, despite Barnstaple's best efforts, Sidmouth were able to add a late penalty.This was a much-improved dispay by the team and one to build on for a key match at Cullompton next week.Training this week will take place on Thursday (6.15pm) at the club.