Bideford make every second count in Western Counties title race
BIDEFORD proved they are making every second count in the Tribute Western Counties (west) title race.
John Mock scored a try from the last play of the game to clinch a 21-15 win at Kingsbridge.
It was enough to keep them top of the table on points difference ahead of St Austell.
The Cornish side drew level with Bideford on 78 points after a bonus-point 73-3 home win over Tavistock.
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James Starkey, captaining Bideford in the absence of the injured Andrew Loosemore, said: "It was a bit touch and go but we came good at the end.
"We didn't know the (St Austell) result at the time but we knew we were going to have to win because they're strong at home.
"Everybody is focused at the moment.
"We have to make sure every minute of every game and every minute of every training session is used."
Okehampton come to King George's Field on Saturday on a run of five games without a win.
But since being promoted to Western Counties, Bideford have not beaten them in three league meetings.
They do, however, have fond memories of their last home meeting, a 51-17 win in last season's Devon Intermediate Cup final.
"In the away games, we're just looking to get a win," said Starkey."At home, getting a bonus point is what matters.
"Okehampton have been struggling of late because of injuries but it's always a tough game.
"We turned them over in the cup final and hopefully we can do something similar to that."
Barnstaple will have to give everything or risk being embarrassed in their "biggest game of the season" on Saturday.
Kevin Squire, the director of rugby, will insist his players hold nothing back when Exmouth come to Pottington Road.
He was angered by what he felt was a lack of passion in the defeat at Chippenham at the weekend and said "anything short of our very best won't be good enough" against promotion-chasing Exmouth.
"We have to be right at the top of our game or it's going to be embarrassing," said Squire.
"If we give it our best shot and everything comes off, there is a chance of us getting a result.
"I want to see the players really hurting and I want to see more passion in that dressing room.
"No one is under any illusions what this fixture means to the club.
"It's the biggest game of the season and a game we have always had a lot of success in."