BIDEFORD Colts put up a brave effort in the derby clash at Torrington before slipping to an 11-0 defeat.

This game was less about the win for Torrington, and more about the sheer determination and commitment of the 15 young Bideford players, who were a credit to their club and coaches.

Bideford travelled with 15 players, 14 of them first-year players, and no replacements to play a Torrie side full of confidence having won the previous encounter by more than 20 points.

In sticky conditions there was little handling, many scrums and no points until Torrie kicked a penalty just before half time.

Bideford felt they had unsettled Torrington with their grit and determination, and this gave them a real boost.

Neither side could capitalise on chances in the second half until Torrie won a penalty close enough to kick.

The game went from end to end but Bideford could not get over.

Torrie made full use of their bench, bringing on fresh legs, and eventually a series of pick and drives led to an unconverted try.

Billy Teape went close for Bideford in the dying moments.

Men of the match for Bideford were Ben Pearn, for his superb tackling in the back line, and Alex Hillman, for his excellent kicking for field position.

The whole team tackled their hearts out from the first to last minute, and should be proud of their afternoon’s work.