Bideford were beaten 48-24 last time out, but are hoping for better things in Easter Sunday’s clash with Okehampton

Bideford team manager Bradley Goaman is hoping for good news on the injury front ahead of Sunday’s Devon Cup semi-final trip to Okehampton.

A depleted Bideford team lost 48-24 at Thornbury last time out in the penultimate South West One game of the season.

As neither side is going up or down this season, there was no pressure on either and an entertaining game unfolded, even if Bideford were on the wrong end of it.

Bideford had injuries going into the game and with nothing at stake rested any player who wasn’t 100 per cent fit.

“With 10 first-teamers not playing we had to raid the 2nd XV and brought up eight or nine of them, which included a few lads in their first year out of colts,” said Goaman.

“It will be a different side that goes to Okehampton on Sunday as most of our injured players will be returning.

“It was 15-12 to Thornbury at half time and at that stage we felt we were going pretty well.

“Thornbury’s backs were pretty sharp and in the second half they found a few of our weaknesses.

“It was good to give some of the younger lads a run in a tougher environment than they are used to as it will have been good experience for the.”

Chris Snell (2), Andy Baxter and Dean Folland were Bideford’s try scorers. Snell landed two conversions.

One particular piece of good news for Goaman already received is that playing on a Sunday means Sam Olde is available.

Another is that Okehampton may have to play twice in little more than 24 hours.

Said Goaman: “Sam Olde is a proven try scorer and having him available gives us an extra edge.

“Okehampton were supposed to play Chard last Saturday, but the referee didn’t turn up and without one the game could not go ahead.

“League rules are you have to play postponed games on the first available Saturday, which is this one.

“As there is nothing on it for either side, Okehampton are bound to ask the league to postpone the replay.

“If Okehampton do have to play two games so close together, it is going to make Sunday challenging for them.”