BIDEFORD continued their outstanding start to the season with a 2-1 win over Weymouth at the Sports Ground on Tuesday night.
Despite a red card for Matt Bye in the 73rd minute, the defence stood firm and the Robins extended their unbeaten run to six games.
"The boys were awesome," said Sean Joyce, the manager. "They're a bunch of mates working and sticking together."
Goals from Owen Howe and Kevin Squire sent Bideford up to second in the Calor League – the highest position in their history.
"The dizzy heights, where we are now, is tremendous," said Joyce.
"There are some big clubs, with big reputations and big budgets in this league – we ain't one of them."
Bideford have been boosted by the news that Howe, the teenage striker, has turned down a move to Tiverton Town, his local club.
"It's a big thing to turn your home-town club down," said Joyce. "They made a lucrative offer to him but for football reasons he's staying.
"He's stepped up to this league, he's enjoying it and he's scoring goals."
Tiverton's surprise defeat to Larkhall Athletic on Saturday means Bideford will host the Toolstation Western League club and not their Devon rivals in the FA Cup on September 14.
On Saturday, a first-half strike from Saul Halpin gave Bideford a 1-0 win at Bashley. With two away victories so far, they have already matched last season's total.
"When you consider we were missing Stevie Orchard, Ben Gerring, Sean Downing, Steve Oliver and Nick Milton, getting a result like that is a great win," said Joyce.
The manager praised inexperienced keeper Ben Hirst who had previously played for Wadebridge Town reserves. Hirst kept a clean sheet after standing in for the suspended Oliver.