UTTOXETER RFC director of rugby Donald Hayes admitted his side’s heavy defeat to Newcastle on Saturday was “a car crash waiting to happen”.
The Town were beaten 60-6 at Lilleshall Road as the under-strength visitors were bettered in all areas of the field.
The result drops Hayes’ men below their opponents in the Midlands 3 West (North), sinking to seventh place from sixth – the spot now occupied by Newcastle.
And a disappointed Hayes told the Uttoxeter Advertiser Sport: “We didn’t really trouble Newcastle in any facet of the game.
“The fixture was a car crash waiting to happen.
“We have been severely depleted up front, only one of the starting pack from the Newcastle victory earlier in the season were involved with Saturday’s defeat.
“The lack of second team rugby within the club is beginning to show.
“We have asked a lot of players to step up and they haven’t been playing sufficient second team rugby.
“The club has got its lowest number of regular senior players for some time and the effects of this are becoming apparent.
“I would like to give a personal thanks to the 16 players who did take to the field, a lot of them dropped things at short notice to fill a shirt.
“Had we failed to field a side we would have been deducted points from the RFU and so at least we managed to maintain what we have already worked hard for.
“The good news is that the seconds managed to field a side for first time since November, we just need to keep the continuity going and get them playing regular fixtures.”