Bideford banish memories of freak Penryn result
BIDEFORD will write off their October try-fest against Penryn as a freak result ahead of the return fixture on Saturday.
James Buckland, Chris Snell and Sam Olde all scored hat-tricks as Bideford dished out a 70-0 demolition in the home match at King George's Field.
But Penryn have won nine of their eleven games since and have risen to fifth place in Tribute Western Counties (west).
So the Chiefs' management will be banishing memories of that 11-try trouncing.
"That was an absolute one-off," said coach Kevin Booth. "We can't take anything from that at all.
"They got a big backlash off us after the Ivybridge and Okehampton games (when Bideford let large leads slip). They have got stronger and stronger since."
It must be tempting for thoughts to wander ahead to the top of the table showdown with St Austell, coming up on Saturday, March 9. Bideford sit five points clear of the Cornish side.
But Booth knows his players must first focus on overcoming a Penryn side who helped them by beating St Austell in January.
"We will be doing our usual thing, the same preparations as ever, and treating it like a top of the table clash," said Booth.
"St Austell will be a massive game but this week is all about Penryn.
"They did us a favour (against St Austell) and hopefully they won't beat us but we can't take anything for granted.
"It is up to us to go down and pull off an away win, which seems to be getting tougher and tougher to do."
Bideford expect only the injured Olly Wickett and Jamie Giddy to be unavailable for Saturday's match.
Pat Sanders impressed at fly half in the win over Okehampton 12 days ago but may make way for the returning Stefan James.
Bude went nine points clear of the bottom three in Western Counties (west) with a bonus-point win over Honiton.
They overturned an 8-3 deficit at half time to beat the division's bottom team 31-8 with Dan Pearce scoring 16 points from a try, four conversions and a penalty.
Wing Philip Cooke darted over in the corner from the final play of the first half to put Honiton ahead.
Bude were like a different team in the second period and, within six minutes, they had taken the lead when Freddie Saxton barrelled over from a Pearce break.
Will Kingdon and Joe Wilson then drove over and, with Honiton fading fast, Bude got the bonus-point try as Pearce shot over the line.
Dan Smith scored three tries as South Molton recorded an impressive 33-24 home win over Exmouth II.
The visitors have lost only twice to sit second in the Devon Senior Merit Table first division but they are not the first team to have trouble stopping Molton's marauding No 8 Smith.
Every time the hosts went ahead, Exmouth pegged them back until Smith, who had opened the scoring, crossed for his side's last two tries.
Aidan Irving and Sam Howard also crossed for Molton, while Steve Ayre kicked four conversions.
Torrington's match against Bideford Harlequins was called off on Saturday because the Donnacroft pitch was frozen. Bideford offered to stage the fixture instead but Torrington declined.