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Bideford v Bridgwater and Albion: rugby preview

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

By Andrew Jones

Bideford v Bridgwater and Albion: rugby preview

Richard Norman scored Bideford's only try in their opening-day defeat at Bridgwater and Albion in Tribute South West One

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Bridgwater and Albion will see how much Bideford have learnt in Tribute South West One West tomorrow.

The newly-promoted North Devon side had a harsh introduction to the division when they were beaten 37-5 at Bridgwater on the opening day of the season in September.

They won only three of the next 13 games and were in real danger of an instant return to Western Counties West.

Seven wins in nine league games since the turn of the year, however, have catapulted Bideford to safety with three matches still to play.

They have come a long way since that heavy opening-day defeat when they were missing six first-team players before kick-off and lost another three to injury during the match. Richard Norman scored their only points with a try.

“Early on we were slow in learning the ropes of what South West One is about,” said head coach Mark Priest.

“We weren’t intense in contact and we were making too many bad decisions and individual mistakes that were costing us games.

“A lot of people thought we were going to go down. I was quite confident we would do it (beat relegation) because the players here work so hard.”

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