If Moseley were expected to get their season back on track at Cross Green, then the train failed to leave the station.
While narrow defeats to two local rivals can be excused, this was a winnable fixture for Moseley which fell by the wayside and resulted in the boys from Billesley Common slipping to a fourth successive defeat.
Understandably, a trip to a sleepy corner of Yorkshire can be a daunting prospect but a poor Otley side beat a poorer Moseley team in a grim encounter.
The visitors' director of rugby, John Beale, hit the nail on the head by describing the match as 'shocking'.
Now, as they sit third from bottom in National One, Moseley will urgently need to halt their losing streak in the next fortnight when they face lowly Newbury and struggling Sedgley Park.
"We're targeting the next two games as wins," Beale said. "So far we've played against only one team that I would say we didn't have a chance of beating and that's Rotherham.
"All the other sides, I'd like to think that if we played against them again we'd have a chance of beating them."
The visitors were extremely fortunate to bring their third consecutive losing bonus point back from the White Rose county after Adam Caves' fourth try of the season deep into stoppage time cut the deficit to three points.
Beale said: "We lacked a cutting edge today and we missed Nathan Bressington and James Aston. We've played badly, there's no question about that. It was two poor sides because Otley were poor as well and we're just happy to come away with a point."
The battle of the Binns brothers was easily won by Otley's Simon as the fly-half guided his side to victory with precise kicking while Moseley's Andy was quiet.
Simon Binns' two penalties were matched by Ollie Thomas in a fragmented first half as the referee's half-time whistle brought relief around the ground.
Moseley did not get off to the best of starts when flanker Tom Warren shuffled off with an injury after only 12 minutes. However, Otley had their own casualty, centre Rob Whatmuff, joined by Warren in the dug-out two minutes later.
Otley topped the National One bad boys' league at the start of the match with nine yellow cards and they added to that total on Saturday.
Kyle Dench's high tackle on Chris Holder brought him a spell in the sin-bin on 28 minutes while winger Andre Xavier took his place on the stroke of half-time.
However, Moseley matched Otley's yellow-card tally as frustration set in during the second half. Mark Evans and Neil Mason, who had become somewhat of a pantomime villain to the Otley crowd, were sin-binned on 44 and 62 minutes respectively.
Prop Ben Buxton attracted boos of his own from the Cross Green faithful on 67 minutes when he narrowly escaped a yellow card for stamping.
The first try of the match arrived on 43 minutes when Brendon Back was driven over in the maul on the left-hand side and Simon Binns converted. Binns then opened the lead to ten points on 62 minutes with his third penalty of the day.
Otley replacement Ben Steele looked to be through for a second try on 77 minutes but Maifea Maifea's pass was jusged to be forward.
Moseley snatched their bonus point with only their second notable advance into the otley 22 in the second half. replacement hooker caves crashed over the line to the right of the posts in a maul while Thomas tucked away the tricky conversion.
But national one survival won't be secured by losing bonus points alone. ...TEXT: OTLEY: Smith; Parsons, Mooney, Whatmuff (Dench, 14), Xavier; S Binns, Chivers; Livesey, Sayers (Steele, 68), Fear (Turner, 53), Back, Williams, Tiffany (Monks, 68), Hyde, Maifea.
MOSELEY: A Binns; O'Leary, Holder, Cox, Colvin; Thomas, Knight (Hunter, 75); Coles, Hall (Caves, 56), Buxton (Black, 75), Arnold, Skelding (Stott, 56), Mason, Warren (Evans, 12), Rodwell.
Referee: Llyr Ap Geraint Roberts (RFU).