Bideford stayed out of the Tribute South West One West relegation zone with a 5-3 home win over Clevedon.
After the visitors had taken the lead with a penalty, Matt Dennis’s first-half try was enough to win the game in a mudbath at King George’s Field.
The result kept Bideford three points clear of third-from-bottom Wadebridge Camels who enjoyed a 45-5 victory against bottom side Sidmouth.
Clevedon are now only four points ahead of Bideford having played two games more.
“It was four points we needed,” said head coach Mark Priest. “Wadebridge had a good result and they’re not going to give up.
“They are only three points behind and although we’ve got games in hand we’ve got to make sure we get some points from them.”
Andy Taylor kicked Clevedon ahead before back-rower Dennis was driven over at a lineout.
A couple more catch-and-drive moves almost brought tries for Bideford but the rest of the match was scoreless.
“The game was tense all the way through, it never let-up,” said Priest. “The conditions were hard but it was not a bad game of rugby to watch. Both sides kept at it.”
Bideford visit seventh-placed Thornbury on Saturday. They lost the home fixture 12-11 to a late chargedown try by Liam Pemberton.