An inability to take their chances proved the undoing of Firwood Waterloo as they went down 18-12 away at Anselmians.
"We knew this was going to be a tough contest but we started very well and had enough chances to take a 'healthy' lead but we failed to do so and allowed Anselmians to get the upper hand," confessed head coach Stuart Turner.
Indeed by letting those opportunities slip and losing outside half Nick Dwyer forcing a complete re-arranged of the side neutered much of the Firwood Waterloo game plan
"Although I would never use the loss of a player as an excuse it was certainly very unfortunate," Turner explained. "We had to move Jack Weir from No8 to outside half and therefore lost much of our control in the pack particularly in the line out which Anselmians began to dominate. It is very frustrating when things like that happen especially when we already had a number of players unavailable through injury."
Despite early Waterloo pressure it was the home side who took first points through a two tries and a conversion.
Firwood Waterloo snatched a try back with Alwyn Watkins-Williams opting to go blind from a scrum on the Anselmians '22' to get Luke Nelson over before Anselmians closed the half with a penalty for 15-5.
In the second period a second penalty from the home side put them further ahead but from a solid period of play Tom Lavell broke straight through the opposition from a scrum for a try converted by Weir.
Just six points adrift Firwood Waterloo did everything possible to snatch a further score but with the Anselmians defence proving impregnable were unable to make the crucial break through.
"It was disappointing to lose a game I am sure we could and perhaps should have won," Turner stated. "However it has given us some 'food for thought'. For example we need to look at and improve our set piece but at this level losing certain key players is a major factor for without a first choice XV out on the park any side in this league is going to suffer."
"However despite the result the spirit amongst the players is still very high, they are willing to learn and we are improving all the time," he added.
This Saturday Firwood Waterloo are at home to Warrington.
"Warrington are always strong opposition but if we can get all our players fit there is no reason why we should not take the win," Turner contended.
This Saturday will also mark the 200 appearance for Waterloo for Jack Weare.
"A great occasion for Jack and for club and worthy of many congratulations "Turner exclaimed.