Bideford Colts faced their Barum counterparts for the third time this season and beat them again, but only by a try. The game started with a period of Bideford pressure, John Mock taking the ball at the line-out to set up a driving maul that went 50 yards

Bideford Colts faced their Barum counterparts for the third time this season and beat them again, but only by a try.The game started with a period of Bideford pressure, John Mock taking the ball at the line-out to set up a driving maul that went 50 yards upfield before Barnstaple pulled it down and gave Bideford the penalty.Bideford kicked for the corner, instead of going for the posts, a choice which paid off, when Josh Wretham found James Starkey on the blind side to put fellow front-rower Jason Gubb in for a deserved try.Bideford may have felt they should have added to their lead when weaving runs from full-back Ryan Brend opened up the Barnstaple defence.Barum also had their chances; two missed penalties from fly-half Tom Pearce would have given them the lead.After the break, Bideford would have fancied themselves to add to their lead with the wind advantage. But a resilient Barnstaple defence stopped them crossing after a series of driving mauls.Silly penalties conceded by Biddy could have been their downfall, allowing Barnstaple a chance to get back into the game.Every time Barum No.8 Simon Pert ran with the ball he was wrapped up by the Bideford pack, stopping any chance of a come-back.Both sides had chances before the end, Bideford going close before Barnstaple had a late opportunity for Tristan Lincoln-Gordon, only for the door to be firmly closed by Brend.With two minutes left on the clock, the Bideford forwards shut out the game and Barnstaple's last-gasp effort was convincingly smashed into touch by a combination of James Scott and Man of the Match John Mock to give Bideford a 5-0 victory.