Deepings prop Gareth Silverwood blamed a slow start for his side’s exit from the Midlands Junior Vase at Nottinghamshire side East Retford on Saturday.
The Green Machine went down 34-12 at tbe Midlands Four East (North) side’s home ground of Ordsall Road, despite a man of the match performance by openside flanker Michael Harrison.
An early try by East Retford set Deepings back on their heels after a long journey to the game, but the visitors rallied after a try from Silverwood.
But with score at 22-12 to the home side, Deepings decided on an “all out” approach which saw them conced two late tries.
Silverwood said: “We clicked after their early try and then spent most of the first half on their side of the field, scoring a good try off from rolling lineout.
“It was a powerful, blistering run by myself on the breakaway which put us in an okay position at half-time.
“Then they scored a couple of tries to make it 22-12 but from a forward’s point of view, we were matching them up front and securing ball until the 65th minute,
“At this point, we made some substitutions which caused us to lose a lot of weight in the pack as both Michael and Oli Peacock went off.
“It was then that East Retford dominated for the last 15 minutes and scored two late tries.”
Deepings are without a game this weekend, allowing coach Tim Edwards to work on the side’s injury problems in the front row.
But despite this, 1st XV skipper Guy Silverwood said: “The scoreline at East Retford didn’t reflect the game to be honest. We were 22-12 behind with about 15 minutes left and rather than trying to treat it as a league game, we went all out to win and they scored two tries.
“East Retford definitely deserved to win and they played really well, but we had a few injuries and the conditions didn’t suit us as we wanted to run the ball against their bigger pack.
“But that’s not an excuse for losing and we made a few mistakes which meant that we didn’t play as well as we should have.”
The Green Machine have a week to prepare for the visit of Northampton Men’s Own on December 12, knowing that A15 rivals Bourne more than held their own against the same side two weeks’ earlier.