Bideford’s patchy run of form in Western Counties West continued when they lost 12-10 at home to Penryn.
That’s five games without a win now for Bideford, who are down to 11th in a table of 14. They have not won since defeating Honiton 36-15 in mid-January.
Penryn scored first to go 7-0 up, but Bideford hit back with a try from Chris Snell and trailed 7-5 at the break. Penryn scored again with 20 minutes left on the clock take a 12-5 lead.
Ollie Sanders got Bideford within two points with a try, but Reece Pearn hit the post with a conversion that would have levelled the scores .
Bideford won a penalty in the last minute and opted for a scrum five-metres from the visitors’ try line. Penryn drove Bideford off the ball and the chance of a dramatic win was lost.
Bradley Goaman, the Bideford team manager, said: “We put ourselves under a lot of pressure with penalties in the first half – and had opportunities to score on more than one occasion – but silly mistakes cost us.”
“The young players in the team will have learned from this experience.”