RFU Championship: Moseley 22 Plymouth Albion 36
The most damning aspect of Moseley's latest pitiful offering was that barely anyone at Billesley Common seemed surprised by their team's failure to beat modest Plymouth Albion.
Even on an unseasonably warm and calm October afternoon the atmosphere among Moseley's admirably faithful supporters was funereal. Disappointing defeats are de rigeur these days.
Indeed they are almost becoming a badge of honour. "When was the last time you saw us play that badly," wondered one after witnessing a lamentably poor showing. "Last week - and the week before that," came the black response.
But the reality is Moseley's current plight, the table might say differently but they are playing the poorest rugby in the Championship at present, is no laughing matter.
The current funding structure means that relegation from the second tier would cost them s300,000 in central funding and probably more in other revenues and their form at present makes that a very real possibility.
The stakes are high, so the fact Moseley are currently sleepwalking their way to another flirtation with demotion should be of major concern to a club that still likes to think of itself in terms of a risen phoenix.
Most alarming is not the continued lack of incisiveness in the backs. Moseley have survived with just a single dimension to their play for most of the last year. That is not to say a May or a Trinder would not be a welcome visitor from Kingsholm.
But the deterioration up front is a new issue. They were hammered in the scrum at Damson Park in their previous match and could establish no more than parity in that area against an extremely ordinary Plymouth front row.
In the loose they had virtually no go forward. In his first match for five weeks Neil Mason was not able to carry his side the way he has in the past - and to be fair nor should he be expected to.
How they missed Aly Muldowney and James Rodwell, their broadsword and rapier of recent seasons. Young players like the Michaels Maltman and Ellery may develop into equally potent threats but Moseley need them to do it pronto.
And even without any real game-breakers in the side, a passionate and battling performance at the breakdown can cover up for a multitude of shortcomings but even that bare minimum was absent.
So once again Ian Smith and his men find themselves requiring yet more navel-gazing and re-considering the same hard questions posed after the London Welsh debacle.
Lets hope the answers are forthcoming because if they aren't, the only way is down.
MOSELEY: Thomas; Bressington (MacBurnie 65), Carter, Reay (Borgen 71), Pons; Davies, Taylor (De La Harpe 72); Voisey (Williams 56), Caves (Warner 65), Sigley, Lyons, Stott (Spivey 56), Mason (Evans 72), Maltman, Ellery
PLYMOUTH: Lee; McCloughlin, Mercer, Tuipulotu, Coleman; Hallett; Cushion (Kessell 72); Porter, Evans, Hopkins, Skelding (Hocking 76), Hotson, Stephens, Watts-Jones (Matavesi 76), Carpenter. Replacements: Johns, Morton, OMeara, Copeland
Referee: Chris White (RFU)