BIDEFORD have never known it so good.
After grafting for a 2-1 victory over Weymouth at the Sports Ground on Tuesday evening, they moved up to second in the Calor League.
Kevin Squire's winning goal early in the second half ensured the Robins are occupying the highest league position in their history.
And all the qualities that have seen them rise from the Toolstation Western League over the last four years were evident again.
Togetherness, tenacity, resilience and no little skill produced another big scalp against a respected force of non-League football.
Even when Matt Bye needlessly got himself sent off with 17 minutes to go, there was no need to panic with players as assured as Jack Furzer, Ben Gerring and Rob Farkins in defence.
Until then Bye had been central to the team's work ethic, driving them forward from midfield in front of the 341 crowd.
An impressive thing about this Bideford team is that they can find various ways to win.
Against AFC Totton it was with fluent, attacking football. At Truro City it was ugly. On this occasion it was with a high-tempo, pressing game.
Weymouth arrived in North Devon unbeaten and were simply hustled and harried out of their stride.
Although Sean Joyce, the home manager, opted to play three central defenders, it was a positive rather than negative formation with Saul Halpin and Sean Downing used as wingers rather than wing backs.
Weymouth's wide players, Luke Burridge and Ben Wood, playing against his former club, spent much of their time being pinned back.
After seeing an early header from Downing tipped over by Jason Matthews, Bideford deserved their 20th-minute lead.
Matt Hockley picked out a run from Downing and when the winger tested Matthews with a rasping shot, Owen Howe reacted first to turn in his fourth goal for the club.
As Bideford went in search of a second, another meandering run from Downing created space for Halpin who shot wide.
Weymouth finally had a spell of pressure and they forced in the equaliser a minute before half time.
Furzer could only land an attempted clearance at the feet of Stewart Yetton and the former Truro City striker rammed a shot in off the bar.
Far from giving the visitors a timely lift, the goal seemed to galvanise Bideford who were out early for the second half.
Within five minutes they had made the breakthrough. Squire and Howe, impressive as a front pair, fought for a long kick by Steve Oliver and when Downing delivered a first-time cross, Squire calmly swept home his first goal of the season.
"It was a great finish from Kev," said Joyce. "That's what he does for us and with Owen up there as well they are so hard to play against."
All evening Bideford were dangerous at corners with Howe and Craig Duff both going close to increasing the lead with headers.
Then came the moment of madness from Bye. The midfielder sparked a brawl when he lashed out at Ben Poole after Bideford had been awarded a free kick for a foul on Richard Groves.
"I couldn't see them breaking us down," said Joyce.
"I thought it was comfortable with 11 against 11 and Matty Bye just lost his head. To kick a kid off the ball is just stupid.
"He's lucky because he could have cost us a well-deserved win. He'll learn from it."
For all Weymouth's pressure in the closing stages, Oliver, in the home goal, had a trouble-free evening.
Earlier, he did well to gather an angled drive from Burridge and made a comfortable save from a long-range drive from Ashley Wells.
Apart from that the visitors did not muster a serious effort on target and Bideford were good value for their win.