Bideford have barely had a chance to draw breath in Tribute South West One West.
Since winning promotion last season, they are taking time to find their feet at the new level and have started the campaign with four defeats.
The relentless matches have been in stark contrast to the Chiefs’ recent successful seasons when they have been able to cruise to some victories in Western Counties West and the Cornwall/Devon division.
Mark Priest, the Bideford head coach, said: “The leagues we have been in have been good leagues but sometimes you get a breather. In this league, teams aren’t giving us that breathing space.”
It is unlikely to be any different tomorrow when Bideford make their shortest trip of the league season to established South West One club Cullompton.
The Mid Devon side are in ninth place – four slots above Bideford – with convincing wins from both home games they have played.
Bridgwater and Albion, who beat Bideford by 32 points on the opening day, lost 32-3 at Cullompton, who have also defeated Thornbury 20-3.
The sides’ last meeting – a Devon Senior Cup second-round tie in January 2009 – ended after 62 minutes with Cullompton leading 50-5 because the pitch was frozen.
Jan 1, 2009 (Devon Senior Cup, abandoned 62mins): Cullompton 50 Bideford 5 (try: Cologne-Brooks).
Mar 13, 2008 (Cornwall/Devon): Cullompton 43 Bideford 8 (try: Olde; pen: Wickett).
Sep 15, 2007 (Cornwall/Devon): Bideford 15 (pens: Wickett 5) Cullompton 31.
Mar 4, 2006: Cullompton 48 Bideford 22 (tries: Morris 2, Chapman, Loosemore; con: Chapman.
Sep 24, 2005: Bideford 8 (try: Morris; pen: Dunn) Cullompton 19.