BUDE maintained their perfect home form as they withstood a Plymstock Albion Oaks comeback at Bencoolen Meadow.

Angus Hodges’ men struggled for much of the contest but a couple of quality moments and a dogged defence ensured they picked up four points in victory.

Bude were forced on the back foot for much of the opening 40 minutes and found themselves 3-0 down due to a Tom Richards penalty.

However, Bude went in front on 39 minutes as a great loop involving fly-half Charlie Watton and inside-centre Billy Roberts released Hodges who broke. Hodges offloaded to Liam Cook who released full-back Olly Denford to go in under the posts. Denford then converted to make it 7-3 at half-time.

After playing against the wind for the opening 40, Bude scored two further tries to seemingly put the game to bed.

Joe Wilson ran through a disorganised Plymstock defence from the back of a ruck before a great run and offload from prop Jason Bolt allowed scrum-half Olly Mounce to receive the pass and score.

Despite their advantage, Bude’s discipline was starting to waiver as prop?Adam Black was sin-binned for dissent towards the referee before Tremaine Fry also spent ten minutes on the sidelines for a high tackle.

Sensing their chance, Plymstock continued to fight back and scored two tries in quick sucession through Craig Jamieson and Olly Whitfield to set up a grandstand finish.

However, Bude kept the ball to run down the clock and secure a vital victory.

Player/coach, Angus Hodges, admitted that it was a good win without ever getting into top gear.

He said: “At the end of the day it was a win and that’s all that matters. We’re still undefeated at home and to be fair, they were a good side.

“Our defence was very strong. The Fry brothers (Tremaine and Finley) played really well and did plenty of tackling but we know we can improve our attacking play and discipline still.

“But I’m really happy as there wasn’t much more we could have done today so I’ve got to be pleased.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game at Saltash on Saturday but we’re not going to roll over.

“There’s no-one in this league we’re really worried about. It’s all about us, so hopefully we can go down there and pick up a positive result.”