Rob Farkins scored the winning goal as Bideford beat Taunton Town 3-2 in the Red Insure Cup first round this evening.
Nat Pepperell fired Taunton ahead on 13 minutes before the Robins hit back with an own goal and a Sean Downing header.
Steve Murray levelled for Taunton in the second half, only for Farkins to head the winner from a Matt Bye corner.
A sparse crowd of 86 turned up at the Sports Ground but those that opted not to watch England on the television enjoyed an entertaining game.
With several players unavailable, home manager Sean Joyce named an unfamiliar line-up, including Steven Reid, the midfielder signed from Tiverton Town.
Joe Tickle, the Witheridge goalkeeper, came in at short notice because Steve Oliver's wife was due to give birth.
Taunton, who play a division below Bideford in the Calor League, made a bright start when Pepperell swept a low shot past Tickle from the edge of the area.
A corner from Ethan Phillips produced the equaliser with a visiting defender deflecting the ball past former Bideford keeper Tim Sandercombe at the near post.
Downing then scored with a towering header from a right-wing cross by Ashley Yeoman.
The home defence was caught square 15 minutes into the second half when Murray broke free to slot the ball past Tickle.
But Bideford responded with when substitute Bye whipped in a corner and Farkins, the central defender, headed his first goal of the season.
A good night's work for the Robins was marred in stoppage time when Craig Duff was sent off for kicking an opponent off the ball.