BIDEFORD defeated Truro 37-15 at King George’s to cut the leeway behind Torquay Athletic at the top of the table and ensure the play-off place scrap goes all the way to the final day.
While Bideford were picking up all five points, Torquay dropped one at Bude by failing to score four tries.
The play-off place will be decided on the last day of the season when Torquay are at home to champions North Petherton and Bideford visit Devonport Services.
Bideford hit the ground running with tries from Matt Dennis and Josh King, plus an Ollie Wickett penalty, to go 13-0 up.
Sam Olde ran over from half way for a try, Wickett converting, but back came Truro from the restart with a Chris Gilbert drive-over.
Richard Norman resorted Bideford’s cushion with a try converted by Wickett, who soon added a penalty.
Truro had one final flourish which produced back-to-back tries for Scott Millican and Luke Hooper.
Bideford had the final word when Nathan Giddy intercepted a Truro pass and got almost to the line before offloading to James O’Sullivan for the try.
Win not enough
SOUTH Molton did all they ccould to clinch a Devon One promotion play-off place by defeating Salcombe 43-28, but it wasn’t enough.
For OPM won 24-21 at Topsham to put themselves in the play-offf placings.
Molton raced into an early lead with a try from Courtney Lucas, converted by Jamie Stoneman with further tries from Roger Pincombe and Tom Clement putting them well in control.
The visitors responded with a solo effort from winger Anthony Squire, converted by Drew, before Stoneman restored the hosts’ advantage.
Salcombe though were fighting for their Devon One status and staged a remarkable fightback with tries from Rupert Bevan, Lewis Winzer and Squire again which, added to by three more Drew conversions, put them four points ahead.
That lead was short lived as South Molton hit back with three tries before the end of the game.
Luke Doyle, Phil Holmes crossed before Lucas added his second of the game to put the result beyond doubt.
Defeat in Cornwall
TORRINGTON suffered a 40-7 defeat at Hayle in their penultimate game of the Cornwall & Devon season.
Luke Hoyle converted a Dan Tattersall try for Torrie, who are at home to Honiton this Saturday.