They may have lost 20-27 but Brixham RFC gave their best performance of the season so far to push Tribute South West Premier leaders Exeter University close at Astley Park.
In a game that could have gone either way at the end, the Fishermen led 13-10 at half-time against the unbeaten students.
They did emerge with a deserved bonus-point and, after most teams have a weekend 'break' this Saturday, the display should give Brixham (8th) real confidence before they go to Exmouth for a Devon Cup/League 'double-header' on Saturday, October 23.
That will be another test, as improving Exmouth moved up to third with a 21-20 win away to Bournemouth, who beat Brixham at the start of the season.
Torquay Athletic picked themselves up from a first defeat the previous week to beat Plymstock Albion Oaks 29-7 at the Recreation Ground and stay hard on the heels of Cornwall/Devon Division leaders Bude.
After six games Bude have 27pts, Tics 25, Pirates Amateurs (Penzance) 25 and Topsham 24.
Torquay travel to Saltash on Saturday week.
Teignmouth stay second in Western Counties West after a hard-fought 26-19 win at Wiveliscombe.
Leaders Wadebridge Camels edged Newton Abbot 15-10 in Cornwall, while Paignton lost 27-7 away to Truro.
Teignmouth (27), who face Tiverton next at Bitton Park, are a point behind unbeaten Wadebridge (28), who come to Queen's Park to meet Paignton next weekend.
Newton have a chance to improve on their mid-table position with successive home games - they are one of the few clubs in action this Saturday, against Truro, and then welcome Bideford to Rackerhayes seven days later.
New Cross drew level with Exeter Athletic at the top of Devon One with an expected easy win at Buckfastleigh Ramblers (49-10), but Totnes slipped up at home to lowly Salcombe 24-28.
New Cross next meet Dartmouth at Five Lanes, Kingsteignton, on Saturday week, when Totnes travel to Exeter Saracens.
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