BIDEFORD manager Sean Joyce was encouraged by his team's performance in the 3-1 defeat to Truro City on Bank Holiday Monday.
Two headers from Cody Cooke and an own goal by Chris McGrath gave the Cornish club the victory in front of 328 spectators at the Sports Ground.
Bideford have lost four of their first five games in the Southern League Premier Division but Joyce believes they are not far away from finding their best form.
On Saturday, goals from Craig Veal, Richard Groves and Sean Downing gave them a 3-2 win at Banbury United.
"At Banbury it was just (a case of) get up, get the points and get home," said Joyce. "In a way I'm more pleased with Monday. It felt a bit more like my team.
"I'm pleased with the way we went at them, the amount of possession we had – and it was good possession.
"I thought we were the better side – in the first half, I thought we bossed it – it's just not happening for us."
Ben Wood scored the equaliser after a goalkeeping error from Mike Searle but Bideford were unable to take their other chances. Richard Groves and Matt Bye went close and Groves had a free kick tipped on to the post by Searle.
Matt Wright, the summer signing from Tiverton Town, did well holding the ball up against the Truro defence.
"We got at their back four and I thought Wrighty bullied Rob Farkins and Aaron Pugh," said Joyce. "They couldn't handle him up.
"In open play, they never really opened us up. We have just got to be better at either end. We'll be all right. By the time we play them again we'll be a lot better."
Having made 10 signings in pre-season and seen key players Farkins and Craig Duff move to Truro, Joyce is still shaping his squad.
Ben Kirk, the midfielder who joined from Weston-super-Mare, has already left while Stephen Reed has returned after joining Ilfracombe Town in the summer and Danny Wring has been brought in from Bath City.
Joyce hopes to have defenders Matt Villis and Dan Harrision back from injury for the home game against Arlesey Town on Saturday.