DAMAGE limitation may have been on Bideford's minds at Camborne but they ended up doing a considerable amount of repair work.
The home side's 16-7 win was a third successive defeat for Bideford in Tribute South West One West but the scoreline and performance was a vast improvement on the first two games.
Only three teams lost by fewer than nine points at Camborne last season as they finished second with a 100 per cent home record.
"I was going there with damage limitation in mind," said Kevin Booth, the Bideford coach. "Camborne are a big club and they have made their intentions pretty clear, they want to be promoted – 16-7 was a good result."
It might have been 21-0 had Sam Olde not snatched Dean Pascoe's potentially try-creating pass and sprinted the length of the field, fending off David Mankee on the way, to score a try that Neil Giddy converted to put Bideford 7-6 up early in the second half.
But Booth said that was far from his side's only opportunity.
"For long periods of the game we were in control," he said. "We looked like we would score a try all the way through the first half. I think we deserved a bonus point."
That was denied them when Mankee converted a 69th-minute try by Joe Parma, scored on the end of a powerful 20-metre run. Two penalties by Mankee gave Camborne a 6-0 half-time lead and, after Olde's score, the fly half regained the lead with a third penalty.
Bideford benefited from Neil Giddy's cool head at fly half, while Dave Evans shook off a rib problem to shine at hooker.
"Their coach had more to worry about than I had after that game because they want to be in the top two," said Booth.