Bideford played their first home match of the new Tribute South West One West season on Saturday.

Bideford's Pat Sanders and Peter Bowes in defensive action in their victory against Chard. Picture: Kevin CrowlBideford's Pat Sanders and Peter Bowes in defensive action in their victory against Chard. Picture: Kevin Crowl

Bideford did the hard work before the break to set up a 26-13 win over visiting Chard.

The Riversiders were 21-6 up at the break thanks to three tries.

Alex Priest was mauled over for the first try and Simon Bright got the second in a similar manner.

Try number three was run in by teenage wingman Reece Pearne, who dashed over from half-way.

Olly Wickett scored 18 points in Bidefords win over Midsomer Norton. Picture: Kevin CrowlOlly Wickett scored 18 points in Bidefords win over Midsomer Norton. Picture: Kevin Crowl

All three tries were converted by Olly Wickett.

Jon Humphrey kicked two penalties for Chard.

The second half was a bit more subdued.

Chris Snell at nine darted over for Bideford's bonus-point try.

Bryn Mays got a consolation try back for Chard.

Bideford are away to Clevedon this Saturday.