HEAD COACH Mark Priest never lost faith that Bideford would come good in Tribute South West One West.
After starting the season with four defeats, they got off the mark on Saturday with a Devon derby victory at Cullompton.
A second-half try by young forward Ollie Sanders clinched a 17-15 victory.
"It's been a while coming but they did very well," said Priest.
"The longer you go without a win, perhaps a little bit of belief goes. Personally, I had the belief it was going to come soon.
"Training had been getting better and against Chard (the previous weekend) we felt a bit aggrieved that we didn't get something out of the game."
Sidmouth, who have also won only once in five outings, will visit King George's Field on Saturday.
"They're having a hard start too and they will be looking at us as a win, the same way we looked at the Cullompton game for a win," said Priest.
Barnstaple have been warned the challenges will only get tougher in National League Three South West this season.
Barum held on to fourth place with a fourth victory from five games on Saturday. But they had to grind out the 24-19 home win over Worcester Wanderers who were promoted from Midlands One last season.
"They were better than the lads expected," said Steve Perry, the joint head coach.
"They have got a few good players and it shows how strong every team in the league is – and it is only going to get better. You can't go into any game thinking you are going to win it."