Given the travails that have beset them in their last two away days, Moseley could be forgiven for feeling some trepidation as they head down the M5 to face Plymouth Albion on Saturday.
Heavy defeats at Exeter, 70-10, and Rotherham, 47-23, in their last two journeys outside the gates of Billesley Common do not yet constitute a complex but a third consecutive hammering and questions will begin to be asked.
Thankfully Brickfields is not the fortress Beacon Park once was and Plymouth are no longer the powerhouse that briefly threatened promotion a few seasons ago. Indeed Moseley actually beat Albion at home when they last visited in March.
Nevertheless away wins, particularly in their current form, are a valuable commodity and Albion will be anxious to make up for consecutive home defeats by Exeter and London Welsh.
If the combination of their recent struggles and their hosts’ redoubled efforts affect any Moseley players in any way, Ally Muldowney will not be among them.
The second row made his first start in the Red and Black last weekend, since a summer move from Stourbridge and played well in a narrow 26-24 loss to Nottingham.
Having made his debut as a substitute against London Welsh in the first game of the season the 25-year-old missed the next month with a back problem.
That enforced lay-off informed what was an extremely positive debut.
The footballing skills that made him such a hit at Stourton Park were in evidence, there was a vigour about his work around the fringes but his standout moment came in the second half when he chased down the outstanding Tim Molenaar as the centre had the line at his mercy.
It was clear the Newcastle-under-Lyme-based second row felt he had something to prove.
“It was my first start in National One and there was definitely an increase in pace in the game,” Muldowney said. “But I was quite pleased with the way it went. It was always going to be a nervy start but after that I settled into the match.
“You don’t move to a club to sit on the bench or be in the seconds. I cannot see the point in being a professional rugby player and not playing rugby – it’s such a short career. It’s going to be a test from me for now, whether I can keep my place.
“I’m not too bothered about what it’s like going down to Plymouth, I’ve never done it before so don’t know what it’s going to be like.”
Muldowney will bump into, literally and metaphorically, the familiar face of Tom Jarvis – a former Stour player who moved south in the off-season – though another ex team-mate James Tideswell is out with a long-term injury.
And just in case Moseley have any doubt about where they need to improve when they play away, head coach Ian Smith has spent the build-up appraising his men of his requirements.
“We have been concentrating on our defence this week,” Muldowney said. “The stats say that we have conceded 17 tries in two games but it’s not the ‘bosh’ side of the game we have lacked, it’s about being organised and being where we need to be.
“We can’t panic in defence and just rush out in ones and twos, we have to have faith in the system and not just run towards the ball carrier.”