Bideford's harsh introduction to life in Tribute South West One West continued with a home defeat to St Austell.
A week after starting the season with a 37-5 defeat at Bridgwater and Albion, Bideford lost 38-12 to St Austell this afternoon.
Both teams were promoted from Western Counties West last season, with the Cornish side going up as champions. And St Austell showed they are still ahead of Bideford with a six-try win at King George's Field.
The home team were the better side for the first 20 minutes and led 12-0, but they were outplayed for the next hour with Matt Shepherd, the St Austell fly half and captain, scoring 18 points.
Bideford went ahead after just six minutes, Sam Olde scoring under the posts after a training-ground move from a five-metre scrum. Pat Sanders converted.
Five minutes later, Olde took St Austell wing Ashley Taylor into touch in-goal to earn another scrum from which Bideford repeatedly picked and drove before James Scott, the inside centre, found a way through.
Sanders missed the conversion and two penalties and, with Neil Giddy also missing a penalty, Bideford did not get full value for their strong start.
Stringing together phases, St Austell got a foothold in the game and began to benefit from Bideford's poor first-up tackling.
The visitors earned their first points in the 32nd minute with a try by Paul Winterbottom, their outstanding blind-side flanker.
They took the lead at 14-12 from the last play of the first half when scrum half Andy Ashwin, at the back of a ruck, threw a huge dummy and dived through the gap it created. Shepherd converted both tries.
Bideford were on the front foot again in the early stages of the second half but were rocked by a double blow that put them out of the game.
From a chance of regaining the lead in the 47th minute, the home side found themselves seven points adrift. Olde's poorly-placed pass was fumbled by the overlapping Andrew Baxter, allowing Sam Tank to grab the ball and sprint deep into the Bideford half before passing to Curtis Newberry to score in the left corner.
Three minutes later, a hole opened up in the home defence and Shepherd ran through for the bonus-point try, which put his side 24-12 up.
Tank had a try disallowed for a forward pass by Newberry but St Austell scored twice more in the closing minutes. Replacement prop Hugh Noott barged through after a lineout then Bideford, on the attack, spilled the ball and Shepherd, who converted both tries, raced away from his own half to score under the posts.
South Molton started their season in Devon One with a 32-14 win away to Salcombe. In Devon Two, Torrington were beaten 26-11 at home by Plymouth Argaum.