Bideford lost at home for only the second time this season in Western Counties West when Chard defeated them 26-14 in a rearranged fixture.
Chard are lagging behind the top three in the promotion race at the moment and until the latter stages of the second half, a terrific game was there to be won by either side with the score at 15-all
Ten minutes from time, Chard hit the front with a try and this was followed by a second score virtually on the last whistle, which denied Bideford what would have been a deserved losing bonus point.
Harry Jones with a try and Reece Pearn with a penalty were the Bideford scorers in a running total of 14-8 to Chard at half-time.
Pearn narrowed the gap to three points with a second penalty and midway through the half Mark Lee knocked over a monster effort from 45 metres to leave it all square.
It stayed 14-all until Chard’s double strike late in the day. Alex Priest won man of the match for Bideford due to his high tackle count.