Belper RFC’s first XV lost 27-18 on Saturday at Tupton in their second game of the Midland Four East (North) season.
The result means they are now fifth in the table, two games into the season with five points from their matches so far.
A good first half saw Belper sticking to their plans and leading at the break in an absorbing encounter at Station New Road.
Tupton were fast out of the blocks, scoring a try after three minutes through Sam Holmes. Belper responded strongly, scoring a converted try and two penalties to lead 13-5 midway through the first half to unsettle Tupton.
Richard Scott went in for the first Belper try just after 20 minutes and Jack Blount sent over two penalties and a conversion.
The home side went some way to settling the nerves with a second try supplied by Raz Martin, following some strong forward work to trail by just three at the turnaround.
With the sun, wind and terrain against them in the second half, Belper unfortunately allowed the Tupton forwards to turn up the pressure and bully their way back into the game.
Tupton scored a brace of tries from Jordan White and then an excellent team effort that saw Ant Barnett going over for a try that, with the conversion added, took the home team to 27 points.
A late pushover try from Blount wasn’t enough to help Belper claw their way back into the game and the home side took the victory.
The firsts are without a game this Saturday while the seconds are at Bakewell Mannierians seconds (3pm start).