Titans knew they were in for a tough match against Hucclecote Stars.
And they were proved right as they suffered a 68-35 defeat.
Stars have an unbeaten record at the top of Netball South West Regional League Two after relegation last season.
Titans at least netted a goal in the final seconds to earn a bonus point for having more than half their opponents’ score and they sit fourth in the table after coming up from the county league.
They go into Saturday’s North Devon derby against Carol Anne Diamonds at Chulmleigh Sports Centre (noon) three places and four points above their old rivals.
Hucclecote were in fine form in the first quarter and led 17-5. Titans played better in the second quarter and the half-time score was 31-17.
But they could not cope with their slick opponents in the third, which saw Stars go 51-24 up.
Player of the match Katie Jeffery’s non-stop work brought tips and turnovers that helped Titans clinch the bonus point in the final period.
Titans: Louise Lathwell, Lorraine Cleverdon, Katie Jeffery, Clare Aldrich, Ruth Chamings, Paula Young, Alex McKean, Nicola Hinton.