Towcestrians remain unable to shake off the teams below them in National League 3 Midlands after conceding a last-minute try in a 29-27loss to Sandbach at the weekend.
Tows are currently eighth in the table but only six points clear of third-from-bottom Sandbach whose last-gasp win has bunched the table up.
Sandbach visited a packed Greens Norton Road on Saturday for a match that Tows targeted as must-win in the season run-in, with every point valuable to both sides.
The home side started incredibly slowly, gifting the visitors a quick-fire 14-0 lead as they conceded two tries within the first four minutes, followed by a penalty.
Trailing 17-0 in no time, Tows already had a mountain to climb but they began to eat into the deficit when Craig Holton went over for a try, converted by James Snook, only for sloppy tackling to allow Sandbach to score another.
Snook again cut the deficit with a try of his own, cutting the arrears to 24-12 at half-time, and Tows made a much brighter start to the second-half with Snook’s penalty and Holton’s second try of the match bringing the hosts to within two points.
Tows crossed again when a Marc Yeates kick was gathered by Matt Bodily to score a bonus-point try and put them into the lead for the first time, however the missed conversion, disallowed after consultation, would prove costly.
Sandbach poured everything forward in response, retaining possession for long periods and forcing Tows to concede penalties, and eventually the defensive wall broke as Sandbach ran a line-out penalty for Ant Davies to cross and leave Tows deflated.
Tows IIs, meanwhile, beat Hereford IIs 38-7, but the Colts lost 24-5 to Olney in the Oceanic Cup.
The sombre mood in the clubhouse after the game was lifted by Towcestrians Ladies and WAGS who had run a charity day all day and raised an amazing amount of money for the Air Ambulance and Children with Cancer UK.