Bideford were beaten 16-6 by Thornbury in the Tribute South West One West on Saturday.
Bideford made promotion-chasers Thornbury work every inch of the way for a 16-6 win at King George’s.
And had Bideford taken goal points on offer in the second half instead of trying to run penalties, it could have been different.
Conditions did not encourage running rugby and both sides worked hard to rise above them.
Chris Snell kicked Bideford into an early lead with a penalty. Bob Adams knocked over two in reply for the visitors.
Bideford levelled 10 minutes into the second half when Snell landed a second penalty goal.
A Tom Luke drop-goal put Thornbury back in front with 15 minutes to go.
Three minutes from time Thorns attacked from a maul 10 metres out and hooker Sam Evans claimed a try that Luke converted.
Phlegmatic team manager Bradley Goaman said: “We played well in terrible conditions and had we gone for goal instead of running could have had a bonus point.
“Thornbury were a class act and I am confident if we play as well against Kingsbridge this Saturday we will obtain a result.”