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Bideford bring Matt Dennis into squad for Honiton clash

By NDJSport  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

  • RECALLED: Matt Dennis is in the Bideford squad for the Tribute Western Counties (west) game at Honiton.

  • HAT-TRICK: Sam Olde pictured during Bideford's win over Honiton earlier this season when he scored three tries.

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MATT DENNIS has returned to the first-team fold at Bideford.

After a short spell away from rugby, the forward, who can play in the front and back rows, has been named on the bench for tomorrow's Tribute Western Counties (west) game at Honiton.

Dennis made a fine start to the season, scoring five tries in the opening four matches, largely from catch-and-drive moves, but dropped out of the first-team picture last month.

He replaces the unavailable Paul Thomas in an otherwise unchanged Bideford squad from Saturday's win over Exeter Saracens.

Andrew Loosemore (shoulder), James Buckland (elbow) and Pete Hockridge (cut eye) have all been passed fit.

Bideford are second in the table, eight points behind leaders St Austell, who visit sixth-placed Penryn tomorrow.

Honiton are bottom of the league with only one win, against Bude, this season.

Bideford won 32-11 in the home fixture in September with Sam Olde scoring three tries.

Bideford: Adam Crouch; Sam Olde, James Buckland, Andrew Loosemore (capt), Josh King; Stefan James, Chris Snell; George Snell, James Starkey, Harvey Brown, John Mock, Richard Norman, Dave Evans, Pete Hockridge, Simon Bright. Reps: Matt Dennis, Mike Williams, Pat Sanders.

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