Belper RUFC 1sts suffered a 49-5 Midland Three East (North) defeat at the hands of their visitors Ashby on Saturday.
The Leicestershire side began the day in the top four and opened the scoring with an early penalty, swiftly followed up by three tries.
Belper’s problems were compounded by an injury to Jack Blount but, after a reshuffle, the home side started to hit their stride and came close to opening their account.
In the end, the try they had been threatening came when Bryan O’Gorman collected a pass, laid it off to Charlie Watson, and, via skipper Tony England and Tom Meakin, the ball found Jack Smith, who sold a dummy to go over.
There was just time for Ashby to score a try of their own before the break but Belper’s performances had given some grounds for optimism.
Into the second half, Belper chances were again created but not taken while Ashby didn’t miss out on their opportunities, adding further tries to their tally.
In the end, it wasn’t be for Belper and the wait for the first league win of the season continues.
Belper are in Derbyshire Cup action this weekend, when they are away to Chesterfield Panthers (2.30pm kick off).
The next league game is away at West Bridgford on Saturday, October 20.