Plymouth Albion 34 Pertemps Bees 21
'We will come through this' was the bold statement from Phil Maynard after watching Pertemps Bees crash to their fourth consecutive defeat.
Anybody who has witnessed the Sharmans Cross Road outfit's recent performances, bar the horror show at Nottingham, will sympathise with the frustrated director of rugby.
Bees have proved to be a big test for all their opponents but the displays haven't brought any points, whether match-winning or bonus.
Now as the Solihull side sit second-from-bottom in the table, having conceded 106 points in their last three games, Maynard may be running out of options.
"Once again, we have deserved much more from our performance and if anyone questions my player's commitment, then they can come and see me," he said.
"Our work ethic was great from start to finish but, when you have 18 phases of rugby and you make one mistake which leads to them scoring a try under the posts, you start to realise what you are up against.
"But the preparation of our squad is as good as anyone and the coaching is outstanding."
Bees had stepped into a whole new world at Brickfields. With a new stand, pre-match cheerleaders and plenty of sponsors boards, it was a million miles from the semi-professional Midlanders' simple base.
After falling to a 14-point deficit at the start of the second half, the visitors managed to string together a brief fightback but, when Tim Walsh sliced a simple conversion wide of the mark in the 64th minute, Bees' fighting spirit started to disappear.
The Australian fly-half had kicked his team in front for the only time in the match after seven minutes. Albion winger Nacaniela Saumi levelled the scores ten minutes later, however, despite the away side dominating proceedings.
Then after 22 minutes, one simple error allowed Plymouth's Luke Arscott to break free and outpace opposing full-back Dave Knight and slide under the posts, Saumi converted.
Plymouth moved further ahead via a Saumi penalty on 36 minutes before standing firm during a Bees onslaught on their try line.
Instead, a neat one-two move between Saumi and Arscott on 43 minutes led to a converted try for Regardt van Eyk before a penalty put Plymouth in the driving seat.
However, Maynard's men eventually got the break they deserved on 53 minutes when winger Tom Beim squirmed his way through to touch d own and Walsh duly converted.
Nine minutes later, flanker Cae Trayhern bundled his way over but, as Walsh looked set to slash Plymouth's lead to three points, the conversion sailed woefully wide of the left post.
Saumi made him pay, kicking two penalties after the 70-minute mark to extend the lead again.
Replacement Ben Harvey spared Walsh any further blushes by taking over the Bees' kicking duties on 76 minutes and sinking a penalty but Kewi Fisilau heaped further misery on Bees at the death with an unconverted try. ..SUPL: