BUDE’S hopes of securing survival from Counties One Western West were given a boost on Saturday despite their clash at Tavistock being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Moorlanders’ Sandy Park home was the only game to fall foul of the weather in the division, which gave fellow strugglers Bideford and Wiveliscombe the chance to go clear.

Wivvy welcomed high-flying Tiverton and went down 25-7, while Bideford had a difficult trip to leaders Plymstock Albion Oaks, and were beaten 31-0.

Bottom side Falmouth did pick up two points as they drew 10-10 at mid-table St Ives, but need a miracle to avoid the drop.

Bude remain level on points with Bideford on 26 points with Wivvy five points ahead with everyone in the league bar Bude and Tavistock having four games to play.

The Seasiders know a victory in the rearranged clash at Tavi this Saturday will bring them to within a point of Wiveliscombe, and most importantly four clear of Bideford as two are likely to go down.

Elsewhere around the club at the weekend, Bude Seconds’ clash at St Austell Thirds did go ahead in Counties Three Cornwall.

Despite a much-improved performance from the visitors who are cut adrift at the foot of the table, the Saints turned around a 12-5 deficit with half an hour to play.

Bude’s tries came from Gareth Hutchings and player/manager Andrew Sillifant, with Hutchings adding a conversion.

The ladies’ trip to Devonport Services in Women’s NC 2 South West (West) was postponed.

They will hope the weather improves for this Sunday’s home clash with champions-elect Launceston.