Bideford lost 8-6 to visiting Clevedon in a game almost ruined by high winds blowing down the ground.
Bideford took the lead with a penalty from Ollie Wickett.
Clevedon replied with a try up the wing from Mike Lowis.
Wickett kicked Bideford back into the lead with another penalty.
Clevedon went back in front just before the interval when Will Carpenter popped over a three-pointer.
Bideford remain in mid-table with four wins from eight starts.
They will be disappointed not to make that five wins this Saturday when they go to bottom side Coney Hill.