Midsomer Norton travelled to Bideford for the furthest away trip of the season. After some slight referee transport issues, the game got started an hour and fifteen minutes later than planned.

The hosts kicked off and within the first phase, Midsomer Norton kicked their way out of the half, but with a weak kick chase, allowed Bideford to pick out the gaps and run through for a try under the post, leaving Norton 7–0 down after just a couple of minutes.

Norton struggled to match Bideford’s physical presence up front and pace in the backs and it took a further try which was scored out wide, before Norton began to respond.

The forwards managed to start building a fair number of phases, but the team lacked the cutting edge and a turnover allowed Bideford to regain the ball and break away for another try. From there on in, Bideford dominated the game and began to pack on the points and the second half was very similar, as has been the case with the whole season.

At times Norton could hold onto position for short periods of play. When the visitors were awarded a penalty, Norton decided to take three points, with Tom Rideout getting the visitors onto the score sheet. With the last play of the game, Tom Fears’ strong running finally broke the home team’s defence and the ball was offloaded to veteran, Ian Tiley, who in turn, fed Captain, Denning.

Denning broke through a gap and managed to pop an offload out of the back of his hand to utility forward, David Sawkins, who dived over to score near the posts and Tom Rideout added the extras.

It has been a very tough season at a higher level, but also valuable experience playing against better opposition. A lot of credit should go to the players and coaches who are still turning up week in week out, despite the difficult results.