Disgraced Black Country club Bloxwich have been relegated and thrown out of the Staffordshire Intermediate Cup because of their poor disciplinary record.
The Stafford Road outfit had their appeal against a Rugby Football Union decision to drop them down from Midlands Five West (South) rejected by a competitions panel in Stoke-on-Trent and they will now start next season at level ten.
They will also be banned from taking part in next season's Staffordshire Cup competition, having received three warnings over the conduct of their players and supporters.
Bloxwich were warned about their future conduct by the Staffordshire Rugby Football Union disciplinary committee only last November following an incident against Eccleshall.
However, a game between their second XV and Bridgnorth's fourth XV on December 1 last year was abandoned by the referee after numerous incidents of ill-discipline including supporters entering the field of play.
They were subsequently charged with conduct prejudicial to the Rules of the Rugby Football Union, contrary to Rule 5.12, and found guilty of that offence by the Staffordshire RFU.
It was the third occasion since April 2006 that Bloxwich had received an official warning about the behaviour of their players, members and spectators.
The club initially lodged an appeal against a decision by the Staffordshire RFU disciplinary committee to eject them from this season and next season's cup competitions but it was dismissed by the appeal panel of chairman Antony Davies, Geoff Payne and Clif Barker.
The decision was taken to increase the sanction against Bloxwich by relegating them to Midlands Six West (North) for next season. The club last night refused to comment on the verdict.
This is the second time in as many seasons that a club has been relegated for disciplinary problems and follows just over a year after Wirral-based Oldershaw were sent down a division following a mass brawl against Widnes RFC.