Bideford second XV play their part in the first team's success
THE BIDEFORD second team are playing their part in the first XV's success.
Richard Norman stepped up from a man-of-the-match performance for Bideford Harlequins with a similar display for the Chiefs.
The lock scored Bideford's fourth try in a 32-10 home win over Kingsbridge on Saturday.
At the same time, Quins overcame the South Devon club's second team and a quagmire on the outside pitch at King George's Field, winning 11-8.
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Kevin Booth, the first-team coach, said: "Richard had a point to prove.
"At Okehampton (in the 27-27 draw last month) he came on and didn't have a great game – he knew it, we all knew it.
"Then he shone for the second team (in a win over Honiton II) and got a chance.
"If anyone didn't train or had bad patches, we would put them down and they would work their way back.
"The seconds won again on Saturday and are unbeaten this season.
"We have got a good squad of players. They train hard, everyone is fighting for positions and people will get their shots in the first team."
While the Harlequins sit third in the Devon Merit Table second division, the Chiefs returned to second place in Tribute Western Counties (west) with the win over Kingsbridge.
A pre-match hailstorm made for a tight, forwards-dominated first half before Bideford broke clear in the second with Sam Olde scoring a hat-trick.
"We've leapfrogged Okehampton who were keeping second place warm for us," said Booth, who was happy to be playing catch-up.
"I would rather be chasing teams at the top than being at the top looking down because you can get complacent.
"I think the top four at the moment would do all right in South West One but we have got to get there first.
"The guys are really positive, there's a real buzz and they want to play South West One rugby. It's up to them to get there – we, as coaches, can only shout."
Bideford will begin their defence of the Devon Intermediate Cup, which they have won for the past two years, with a home tie against Exeter Saracens on December 1. Exeter beat Withycombe 31-19 in their first-round tie on Saturday, while Bideford had a bye.
"We would like to win the cup for a third time but we take one game at a time and the league comes first and foremost," said Booth.