BIDEFORD were disappointed not to take at least a point from Leamington after matching the Evo-Stik League premier division favourites for long spells before suffering a 2-1 defeat.
Kevin Squire fired the Robins ahead in the first half from a corner by Ian Sampson.
But the match turned when Jack Furzer was judged to have handled the ball and Richard Batchelor coolly stroked the penalty home.
The visitors made a bright start to the second half with Squire having a shot cleared off the line after combining well with Sean Downing.
Squire also had a shot saved by Niall Cooper before Leamington grabbed the lead on the counter attack through James Husband.
After staying in contention with a goalline block from Aaron Harper-Penman and a fine save by Paul Harper, Bideford almost snatched a deserved equaliser as Squire hit the post.
Bideford return to action on Wednesday evening with a Devon St Luke's Cup tie at Elburton Villa.