The confidence boost of two wins could not have come at a better time for Bideford in Tribute South West One West.
Tomorrow they travel to Cleve, the league leaders, who have won their first six matches.
After starting the season with four defeats, newly-promoted Bideford turned things around with a win at Cullompton and followed that up with a bonus-point home victory against fellow strugglers Sidmouth last time out.
Mark Priest, the Bideford head coach, said: “The Sidmouth coach said that, to him, both teams were lacking a bit of confidence.”
With a hat-trick from Sam Olde, Bideford will have gone some way to rectifying that and they will need all the confidence they can muster at Cleve.
The Bristol club shook up their squad after only avoiding relegation last season through Oldfield Old Boys having five points deducted. They have already posted four bonus-point wins.
After starting with matches against opponents from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, tomorrow’s fixture is the start of a run of games for Bideford with teams from the Bristol and Gloucestershire area.
Olde’s hat-trick was his 10th since rejoining the club in 2010.
Sam Olde’s try hat-tricks
Oct 19, 2013: Bideford 35 Sidmouth 15 (3 tries).
Nov 10, 2012: Bideford 32 Kingsbridge 10 (3 tries).
Oct 27, 2012: Bideford 70 Penryn 0 (3 tries).
Sep 29, 2012: Bideford 32 Honiton 11 (3 tries).
Sep 8, 2012: Bideford 25 Bude 5 (3 tries).
Apr 28, 2012: Bideford 51 Okehampton 17 (3 tries).
Feb 26, 2011: Tavistock 0 Bideford 67 (7 tries).
Feb 19, 2011: Teignmouth 13 Bideford 55 (3 tries).
Jan 29, 2011: Roseland 6 Bideford 83 (8 tries).
Oct 9, 2010: Liskeard-Looe 13 Bideford 40 (3 tries).