SOUTH MOLTON proved good enough to beat Old Technicians at their own game.
Tries by forwards Ed Verney and Ollie Shaddick gave Molton a 20-16 win in the Tribute Devon One in match Plymouth.
But head coach Gary Bucknell felt they might have done better with a different approach.
"They were a decent side and have got a good pack," said Bucknell. "We beat them at their own game when we shouldn't have been taking them on in those areas.
"Every time we got it wide we made a lot of ground and caused a lot of damage.
"It was an away win and there aren't too many complaints but hopefully we have learnt to stick to our own style of play rather than take teams on at what they're good at."
Late tries by Shaddick, at a scrum, and Verney, from a driving maul, put South Molton clear.
Old Techs led in the first half through a Billy Evans penalty and Phil Ingleson try.
Verney's first try and a penalty from Stephen Ayre levelled the scores, only for the home side to edge ahead again through another Evans penalty.
Molton's forwards then gave them a decisive lead before the margin was cut by Tom James's try.
"Sometimes you have got to win ugly if you are trying to win a league and that was one of those games where we won ugly," said Bucknell.
South Molton will be missing a number of players for their RFU Junior Vase Devon semi-final against Totnes on Saturday because it clashes with wing Courtney Lucas's wedding.
"It will be a tough fixture for us but we will get the chance to have a look at our squad," said Bucknell.