Metronomic Wickett leads Bideford to win

Fly half Ollie Wickett made some fine kicks for Bideford. Pic: Kevin Crowl

Fly half Ollie Wickett made some fine kicks for Bideford. Pic: Kevin Crowl - Credit: Archant

Bideford picked up a welcome win on the road when they triumphed 22-20 at Weston.

The Seasiders have been pressing for an immediate return to National Three this season and haven’t been far away from the top of the table since September.

Bideford’s previous away wins this season have been against teams below them in the table, so beating Weston was quite a scalp.

Weston took the lead in the second minute through a Dan Lomax drop-goal and the fly-half increased the lead with a penalty soon after.

With the elements in their favour the visitors hit back with a try by No.8 Dean Folland, who broke through from a scrum near the Weston line.

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Fly-half Ollie Wickett converted and also produced a superb kick from wide out to add the extras to full back Chris Snell’s try.

Weston, only eight points down at the break, must have fancied their chances with the elements in their favour in the second half.

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Soon after the restart left-wing Matt Watkins received a superb pass from centre Chris Young to scoot in under the sticks. Lomax converted and for the next 20 minutes it was all Weston.

With the Weston pack on top it was no surprise when heavy pressure at a scrum won a penalty try.

Lomax again converted and it looked as though Weston would go on and win. Bideford had other ideas and after lock Jonno Mock cut the deficit to one point it was Wickett who won the game for the visitors with a long-range penalty.

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