Bideford coach Simon Morrell is confident that elusive first Western Counties win of the season is just around the corner.

Bideford have not been ahead too many times this season, but they were at Paignton after Pat Sanders converted a Rob Elliott try.

By half time Paignton were 14-7 up and went on to win 21-10, condemning Bideford to a sixth straight defeat.

Morrell said he saw plenty in Bideford’s performance to encourage his belief results will soon change.

“We had a great first 20 minutes and deserved our 7-0 lead,” said Morrell.

“We looked good for another moments later, but Paignton showed tenacity in defence to keep us out. That was possibly the difference between the sides.

“We conceded a soft try on the 30-minute mark and another right on half time. A score at that time for either team was always going to go a long way towards settling the tie and so it proved.”

Morrell said Bideford had come a long way since day one of the season, when they lost 31-0 at Wincsombe.

“We were miles away then – now, I suspect, we are talking centimeters,” said Morrell.

“We won’t waste too much time licking our wounds as we have come an awful long way since the opening weekend and the lads can take great heart from that.”

Morrell said Bideford need to tighten up in defence for results to improve further.

“I am afraid we were not robust enough in defence and came off second best in many of the collisions around the fringes, which inevitably leads to a rise in penalty count and loss of field position,” he said.