WIVELISCOMBE completed their Western Counties West programme
for the 21/22 season with their 11th victory of the season to complete
the double over their North Devon rivals, writes Roger Bellamy.
This game, as the first encounter back in September, was closely contested
as the score suggests with Wiveliscombe just edging it three tries to
Although playing up the slope in the first half Wiveliscombe took an
early lead when the visitors were caught offside, George Rowe, playing
at fullback, kicking the three points.
Wivey had good spells of pressure near their opponents’ try line and
secured two well constructed tries with influential No8 Frank Norman
scoring on both occasions.
Rowe converted both to make it 17-0.
Both teams had their moments during the remainder of the
first half but the score remained unchanged and Wivey probably
thought they could use the slope in the second half to secure a comfortable
However, Bideford had the edge at the start of the second half and were rewarded with a try from their threes with winger Alex Hillmam crossing for his team’s first points.
Fly-half Reece Pearn converted. Wiveliscombe, not through the lack of effort, could not replicate the previous game’s try scoring feast and were limited to one second half try scored by Toby Tisshaw who out paced the visitors defence in the chase to touch down an overhead kick along the top touchline.
Neither team could manage to take advantage of chances that came their way and it was the visitors who added a solitary try to the score with their hard running centre Mark Lee completing the scoring.
Wiveliscombe finished the season in a respectable ninth position the
the Western Counties West, with Bideford two places below in 11th.
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