Wet weather meant another Saturday of reduced fixtures in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League.
Appledore and Ilfracombe Town both survived the weather to play their respective games in Division One East.
The Fishermen may have wished their trip to third-place Budleigh Salterton had been called off after going down 5-0.
Appledore were holding their own until Budleigh took the lead two minutes before the break.
After going close to levelling after the break, goals from Jordan Harrison on 52 mintues and George Pannell four minutes later took the game away from the visitors.
Mark Lever and Harris scored inside the final 10 mintues to wrap up the result.
Appledore coach Keith Shapland said: “For a bit of perspective we had a 16-year-old playing his eighth game in men’s football up front. He was playing against Kevin Hill, who’s Torquay’s record appearance holder. It was a mismatch in that respect.
“They were more organised, there’s no way of dressing it up any differently, it’s just one of those games. We’ll draw a line under it and look forward to the next game.”
That next game is a lower league tussle with Galmpton and Roselands, who sit in 15th - one place and three points behind the Fishermen.
“We need to win that for sure,” said Shapland.
“If we go about the game like we did the first half against Budleigh then we’ve got a good chance.”
Ilfracombe Town prevented Newton Abbot Spurs from taking the top spot in Division One East, holding them to a 0-0 draw.
It was the first scoreless game in Division One East all season, coming after 172 games in the competition.
Bluebirds coach Clem Bennellick said: “We defended superbly and limited Newton Abbot Spurs to half chances, Kane Dryden and Brodie Montague were fantastic at centre back for 90 minutes.
“Our attacking style has been fruitful for us this year but I was very pleased with the players, that they were able to adapt and become very disciplined and compact against a strong attacking team.
“Overall I’m very happy with a point against a good side.”
Ilfracombe host Honiton Town this Saturday.
Torridgeside, who had their trip to Axminster Town called off last Saturday, still have 17 games to play before May 7.
They will play University of Exeter on Saturday in Division One East, before facing them again on Tuesday in a rearranged Devon Premier Cup semi-final.
After another round of postponed fixtures, Witheridge will be hoping to get back on the pitch in the Premier division on Saturday when they travel to Sticker.
Their game against Ivybridge Town last Saturday was rained off. Withy haven’t played at Edge Down Park since a 3-3 draw with Cullompton Rangers on December 1.
In Division One West, Holsworthy’s home game against league leaders Ludgvan was called off. The Magpies make the long trip to Mousehole this Saturday.