BIDEFORD Nomads got back to winning ways with a narrow 6-5 victory over arch-rivals Torrington Legends.
The game was in the balance throughout the 80 minutes with Torrington enjoying more territory but unable to create the final opening.
Nomads edged in to the lead late in the first half with a Shaun Woodhead penalty after fine work from Mitch Barclay and powerhouse Simon Norman.
Further scores were denied through fine Torrie defence in particular from back rows Ryan Knight and Trevor Edwards. The game seemed to be Torrington’s when the lively Richard Huxtable touched down from a tremendous push over scrum on the hour.
Nomads took the game back to their visitors and the ever present Carl Jenkins and centre Jake Brown started to find the gaps.
Nomads’ scrum began to hold it’s own with Jamie Evans and Mike Bissett showing well and centre Harry Walter keeping a grip on the defence.
Deep in to the final quarter Nomads won a penalty that the nerveless Woodhead slotted over.
Torrington fought back with second row Charlie Bamfield leading by example, but time ran out and the home side celebrated a hard-fought derby win which could not have been closer.