Sidmouth Chiefs all set for big game

Sidmouth's Nick Cousins scoring a try against St Luke's College in the 1978 County Cup semi-final. N

Sidmouth's Nick Cousins scoring a try against St Luke's College in the 1978 County Cup semi-final. Nick Cousins is the brother of Robin Cousins, the Olympic gold medal winning ice skater . - Credit: Archant

This Saturday (March 16), Blackmore Field will be the stage for Sidmouth’s most important game for five years, since the play-off victory against Old Redcliffians, which took the Chiefs into the South West league, writes Terry O’Brien.

The Chiefs take on Barnstaple, from National 3 South West, for a place in the final of the Devon Senior Cup.

This will be the Chiefs first home semi-final in the competition for 34 years. In 1979 they lost to Brixham by a single point on a rain-soaked pitch.

The previous season they had beaten the famous St Luke’s College 18-14 to reach the final, where they lost an exciting encounter with Exeter at the County Ground.

The measure of the task facing them is that Barnstaple have won the trophy ten times in the last 16 years.


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The kick off will be at 2.30pm. After the match supporters will be able to stay on and watch England’s match against Wales on the big screen in the clubhouse.

Our picture supporting this article is of Nick Cousins scoring a try against St Luke’s College in the 1978 semi-final of the Devon Senior Cup. Nick is the brother of Robin Cousins, the Olympic gold medal winning ice skater (1984

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