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Bideford captain Andrew Loosemore to sit out Kingsbridge clash

By NDJSport  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

  • Andrew Loosemore has been troubled by a knee injury and will miss Bideford's match at Kingsbridge

  • Winston James has a good try-scoring record for Barnstaple against Chippenham

  • Luke Hoyle scored a hat-trick of tries when Torrington hosted South Molton in October 2008

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ANDREW LOOSEMORE will sit out Bideford's Tribute Western Counties (west) match at Kingsbridge tomorrow.

The centre and captain came off the bench for the second half of Saturday's win over Honiton, which took Bideford top of the table.

But the Chiefs coaches have decided Loosemore needs to rest the knee injury that has been troubling him in recent weeks.

James Buckland is named at centre alongside Pat Sanders, with Andrew Baxter dropping to the replacements.

With plenty of options, Bideford have gone for the beef of lock Mike Williams and versatile forward Harvey Brown on the bench alongside Baxter.

Coach Kevin Booth said the players must work even harder now they are top of the league.

"Competition for places is huge now," he said. "People are coming back to full fitness but they have got to work hard in training to get back in the team.

"It's a great position to be in but people will be disappointed (to be left out). It's up to the character of those people how they come back from that."

Winston James and Linford Brock scored tries for Barnstaple in their 25-12 win over Chippenham at Pottington Road in October and they are back from injury for tomorrow's return fixture in Wiltshire.

Barum have suffered narrow defeats in their last two visits to Chippenham in National Three south west.

They lost 10-6 in March 2010 and 26-23 in October 2011, when James crossed for two tries.

The rugby highlight in North Devon tomorrow will see Torrington welcome South Molton to Donnacroft for the first time since October 2008.

Torrington, third from bottom in Devon One, would be more than happy with a repeat of the result on that occasion.

Luke Hoyle scored a hat-trick of tries in a 27-22 victory, the third winning the game in the final minutes.

Ilfracombe are away to Devonport HSOB in Devon Two.

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