Bideford were brought back to earth after their win over Truro by a 39-12 defeat away to Wadebridge.
Bideford are back where they where as Paignton have moved ahead of them on superior points difference.
Bideford appeared to have been well beaten, but team manager Bradley Goaman said that should not have been so.
“I can’t fault the effort from the players although it was a very disappointing performance,” said Goaman.
“We let in a soft try in the first five minutes because of a weak tackle that should never have happened.
“We scored two well-worked tries and another two more could have been scored, but for a dropped pass and a knock-on.”
Alessandro Aliberti, a Shebbear College student, had a lively game at scrum-half when he came on in the second half and changed the tempo of the game .
Goaman said Bideford are not clinical enough in the final third of the pitch – and that’s not all.
“We need to learn to look after the ball when in possession and stop kicking the ball away in attacking positions,” said Goaman.
Bideford have two home games on the horizon before Christmas, starting with Wellington this Saturday.