Bideford can move off the bottom of the Western Counties table if they beat fellow strugglers Saltash at KGV.

The down side of the basement battle is if they lose Bideford will be even further adrift than they are now.

For coach Simon Morrell it is a must-win game that has the potential to turn the season round after a dodgy start.

“If we win we stay in touch with the pack, if we don’t, we will find ourselves cut adrift,” said Morrell.

“Clearly survival will be much harder if it’s the later, meaning we would need to do something especial to prevent the drop.

“Thankfully, we feel we have a big end to the season in us, so all will not be lost this week.

“That said, we want to being winning rugby matches and we will be looking for a bit more dog and resilience this week, something we perhaps have been lacking thus far and perhaps the final part of he jigsaw we are piecing together.”

Bideford are likely to be without centre Rob Elliot, but should welcome new signing Nick Evans at full back.

“Nick is a West Buckland boy who has been away to play BUCS rugby for Hartpury College and is now back in the area,” said Morrell.

“Nick is fit and strong and will further strengthen our options for the remainder of the season.”

Bideford had no game last Saturday afternoon

Torrington were due to play New Cross in the first round of the Devon Junior Cup, but were handed a walk-over from the Kingsteignton side pulled out due to team-raising issues.

Torrie will be at home to Old Technicians in the quarter-final, which is due to be played on November 10.

League rugby resumes this Saturday when Old Plymothians visit Donnacroft for a Devon One game.

South Molton, who had a rest day in the Cornwall & Devon Division, are away to Tavistock this Saturday.