Doncaster Knights failed to lift the gloom hanging over Castle Park as they slumped to a 28-13 Championship defeat at home to lowly Moseley.
The foggy conditions made it difficult for spectators to follow all the action clearly at times but they didn’t miss much as far as Knights were concerned.
Few individuals lived up to their reputation as Knights lost at home for the third time this season, and there will have to be significant improvement if they hope to beat visiting London Scottish this weekend.
Knights gave a starting Championship debut to Leicester centre Rhys Williams, but he got little chance to impress in a back division starved of good ball for long periods.
Knights couldn’t have made a better start in front of another four-figure crowd, but they were to flatter to deceive.
They tore into the Birmingham side, who only recorded their first league win of the season the previous week, from the whistle and scrum-half Bruno Bravo touched down from close range for a try converted by Dougie Flockhart after just four minutes.
Knights continued to dominate territorially but had to settle for a brace of long-range penalties, cancelled out by Moseley fly-half Sam Olver
Knights piled on the pressure at the end of the first quarter but Moseley, clearly buoyed by their win over Scottish, dug deep to defend their line.
Doncaster full-back Paul Jarvis, the one man who looked dangerous with ball in hand, got back to nail a Moseley player who had intercepted a pass around the halfway line.
Jarvis spoilt a nice break with a wayward pass which led to his side finding themselves under pressure in the dying moments of the half.
Both sides missed angled penalties in the opening minutes of the second half during which Moseley took a stranglehold on the game.
No sooner had play resumed following a change of referee, than Moseley claimed a 19-13 lead with a converted try from a catch-and-drive. The prospects of Knights suffering a third successive league defeat increased when Olver converted a long-range penalty to leave them trailing 22-13.
Olver hammered another nail into Knights’ coffin with another long-range penalty on 69 minutes and left them needing to score at least twice in the dying minutes - something they never looked like doing as they ended the game pointless – with a seventh penalty four minutes from the end of normal time.