Marc Bettis scored the winner with five minutes to go as Torridgeside enjoyed a rare run-out in the South West Peninsula League on Saturday.
T-Side have been without a match for four weeks due to a combination of water-logged and snow-covered pitches – but they returned to action with a 2-1 win at home to second-placed Budleigh Salterton.
Budleigh took the lead with a good goal on the counter, struck in off the post from the edge of the box.
Bettis equalised 10 minutes before half-time after good work by Sam Fishwick and Jamie Bright.
The second half was a dour affair on a heavy pitch but the spark was eventually applied by Bettis in the 85th minute.
When the set-piece came in, Neil Bettis headed the ball back across the box at the far post and brother Marc applied the finish with his head.
Manager Barry Paine said it was just what his side needed ahead of tomorrow night’s (Tuesday) Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup semi-final against University of Exeter.
Winner of the match – being played Axminster Town at the third time of asking – will face Teignmouth in the final on May 3.
“It was nice to get on the pitch and clear the cobwebs,” said Paine.
“I wasn’t expecting to get a lot out of the match to be honest and I thought a draw was the likely outcome; but to get 90 minutes under our belts and get all the subs on nice and early worked really well – I was well chuffed.”
After tomorrow’s cup semi-final, the games come thick and fast for T-Side, starting with Friday’s Division One West derby at Appledore.
On Monday, they are at home to Crediton United, while on Wednesday night, they travel to Bovey Tracey – the start of what Paine described as a ‘horrendous’ 12-game run in April.
In other results on Saturday, Appledore lost 2-1 at home to second-placed Newton Abbot Spurs and Ilfracombe Town lost 2-0 at home to Sidmouth Town.
This week, Ilfracombe travel to Honiton Town on Friday, while on Monday, Appledore are at home to league leaders St Martins and Ilfracombe travel to Brixham AFC.