Millbrook continue to find the going tough after stepping up from the Hampshire leagues.

Hopes were high that they would get some points from their home clash with Battersea Ironsides but preparations failed to come together on the day and the bottom side lost out 48-3.

Millbrook are now five points adrift of Bognor at the foot of London Three South West.

Coach Mark Randall said: “It wasn’t a good day to put in our worst performance of the season.

“We could have gone up early in the game if I’m honest and perhaps it could have been a different result, but we were beaten by the better team.

“When you are down the bottom you need a few breaks and unfortunately we didn’t get any.”

Despite the threat of dropping back down a tier morale is still high at Five Acres and the club, on the whole, is doing well with youth section blossoming and the under 17s providing the club’s first county representative in recent years.

Randall added: “We knew it was going to be a big learning curve and for some lads it is bigger than they expected.

“As I said before ‘the fat lady is warming up but she is not screaming out yet’.

“As a club we are going forward and I think that’s what’s important.

“We have a good developing youth section and we have to make sure we continue to get that right.”