SOUTH MOLTON'S winning start to the Tribute Devon One season ended with a 25-13 defeat at Totnes.
The home side scored two tries in each half – from Tim Martin (two), Tim Woodward and Josh Green – for a bonus-point victory.
George Palk added a conversion and penalty as Totnes matched South Molton's record of three wins this season.
Phil Holmes was driven over from close range to give Molton a glimmer of hope, which was snuffed out by Green's score.
Steve Ayre converted Holmes's try and kicked a penalty in each half.
Andy Pinkett and Simon Murch's experience showed among South Molton's young players.
Gary Bucknell, the head coach, said: "In rugby, you get out of it what you put in and a few too many players were hiding.
"Our first-half performance let us down, there were too many basic errors and we weren't patient enough on the ball.
"We have got a young side who need to learn some lessons from that.
"When you're dominating the set pieces and have your fair share of possession and territory, you have got to be in with a shout of winning if you want to be in contention for top spot."