3 Mar '22

Rare defeat for Bideford as Chard close the promotion gap

Bideford lost at home for only the second time this season in Western Counties West when Chard defeated them 26-14 in a rearranged fixture. 

Chard are lagging behind the top three in the promotion race at the moment and until the latter stages of the second half, a terrific game was there to be won by either side with the score at 15-all 

Ten minutes from time, Chard hit the front with a try and this was followed by a second score virtually on the last whistle, which denied Bideford what would have been a deserved losing bonus point. 

Harry Jones with a try and Reece Pearn with a penalty were the Bideford scorers in a running total of 14-8 to Chard at half-time. 

Pearn narrowed the gap to three points with a second penalty and midway through the half Mark Lee knocked over a monster effort from 45 metres to leave it all square. 

It stayed 14-all until Chard’s double strike late in the day. Alex Priest won man of the match for Bideford due to his high tackle count. 

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