WINGMAN Sam Olde was Bideford's man of the moment with a last-gasp winning try against Torrington to earn a place in the Rhino Devon Junior Cup final. Eighty minutes couldn't produce a winner in the North Devon derby at King George's - and neither could
WINGMAN Sam Olde was Bideford's man of the moment with a last-gasp winning try against Torrington to earn a place in the Rhino Devon Junior Cup final.Eighty minutes couldn't produce a winner in the North Devon derby at King George's - and neither could 19 of the 20 minutes extra time.Bideford team manager Rob Patterson reckoned his side were 10 seconds away from going out of the competition as Torrington would have gone through as the away side in the event of a draw.With nothing to lose by throwing caution to the winds, Bideford launched one last attack, virtually from their own goal line.What followed was one of the best tries Patterson has ever seen."I started playing for Bideford in 1978 and I have never seen a try as good before," said the former full-back."Just about everyone handled the ball as we ran it out from under the posts and up to half way, then we switched the attack to the left."When we got into the Torrington 22 we went right and Sam ran the rest of the way. It was quite a try."Part of me felt sorry for Torrington as they played very well and were almost through to the final at that stage."In all the time I have been associated with the club we haven't been in the final of anything so everyone is looking forward to having Teignmouth up here in two weeks time.Bideford, who included seven colts in their 22-man squad, went behind early on to an Andy Manning penalty.The rest of the half belonged to Bideford, who were 13-3 up by the interval. Ollie Wickett kicked a levelling penalty, the converted a touchline try by Chris Snell before landing a second penalty.Torrington had the best of the second half with Manning converting a Danny Hoyle try and a penalty to level it all up again.The final will be at Bideford on Sunday, April 6. Teignmouth were already sure of their place having defeated OPMs 32-5 last Sunday.