Even though he had just ensured Moseley ended their long servitude towards local rivals Pertemps Bees, Ian Smith lamented his team's failure to secure a wider margin of victory.

The Moseley head coach bemoaned the fact the hosts had not made more of their territorial and positional supremacy and come away with a try bonus that would have underlined their dominance.

With a daunting trip to Franklin's Gardens on the agenda next Saturday, Smith promised they would not be so sloppy against Northampton Saints.

"It was a fantastic result, lets not get away from the fact it was a very valuable four points - but that is not the only thing we are about," he said.

"Against a better team we will be punished. A lot of people are going off script and putting the team under pressure. We were stressing ourselves with the ball and there are a few people we have to get into about it.

"The last week has been very relaxed and I think we had a hangover from Nottingham. We were slow out of the blocks.

"We had too many people taking too much responsibility when we have just got to play what we train to do."

Smith will no doubt turn his attention to his half backs where Matt Jones and James Ireland in particular, fell short of the standards they set themselves by winning at Meadow Lane six days earlier.

Last season's skipper Andy Binns also missed a couple of good opportunities in the second half although his failure to take Nathan Bressington's pass cleanly with the line at his mercy had as much to do with Cameron Mitchell's fingertip as his own handling.

Smith's opposite number Ben Harvey felt his team were undone by the loss of midfielders Ashley Maggs and Dave Knight.

"For 60 minutes I did not think either side wanted to win it," Harvey said. "It was a bloody awful game of rugby.

"We lost two centres through injury and that became a weakness as it did last week. They kept their concentration for longer and it showed."

Harvey, who has played for both Moseley and Bees, refused to be downcast about the fact his side have lost their opening two fixtures and must now face full-timers Plymouth Albion and Cornish Pirates in consecutive weeks.

"The lads who play in this league know that anyone can beat anyone else. Harlequins and Leeds last year both found that out.

"It'll be more difficult [next week] but a lot depends on the run they've had and their injuries. I knew as soon as Moseley won last week coming here was going to be difficult."