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BIDEFORD 27PTS, TEIGNMOUTH 3 - (Herald Express Report)

Teignmouth gave as good as they got up front, but that wasn't enough to save them from a second successive defeat in a Devon Junior Cup final.Unlike last season's hammering by Cullompton, there was never any likelihood of this final turning into a rout.

At 10-3 down with 25 minutes to play, it looked as if Teignmouth were still in with a chance of winning. If only. While the forwards were winning their battles, the backs weren't getting on top in theirs going forward. Defensively, it was a different story with full-back Chris Harnett, centres Chris Tidman and Will Hatch, and stand-off Dan Force maintaining a healthy tackle count. In 80 minutes - plus a good five minutes added on - Teignmouth only threatened the Bideford line when it was too late to matter. When they did it was through the forwards.

Replacement Adam Drinkwater and No.8 Colin Aldworth both went close, but couldn't manage the final yard. Three times Bideford jumped offside trying to defend Teignmouth's forward rumbles - and three times referee Derek Keeling penalised them. The Teigns felt there was a case for a penalty try, but enough time had elapsed between the last two two persuade referee Keeling it wasn't a repeated infringement.

By then a penalty try wouldn't have made any difference as the clock had already moved into stoppage time. What Teignmouth didn't deserve was to concede a fourth and final try in the few seconds left. Their efforts didn't warrant it.

Teigns' coach Richard Burden said the players could not be faulted for effort. Bideford had and edge outside and finally got their game together for long enough to use it. "We were very competitive in the forwards, but didn't have as many ideas in the backs as Bideford," said Burden.

"We had injury problems from early on, which didn't help us at all, and were lucky to get as long as we did out of Matt Moses and Chris Tidman." Pitman booted Teignmouth into the lead after 18 minutes when his long-range effort hit the left-hand upright and dropped the right side of the crossbar.

Bideford showed their undoubted pace outside to good effect on 22 minutes when full-back James Olde arrived as the extra man and raced over in the left corner. It was 5-3 at half time and stayed that way until the 49th minute when No.8 Simon Bright crossed. Olde scored another try, and could have had two more but for butter fingers on the line, and Ollie Wickett landed the conversion and a penalty.

The last action of any note saw Bideford break out and James Morris take the try scoring pass from Wickett to crash over under the posts.

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