BROMSGROVE have given themselves a mountain to climb in their bid to obtain promotion from Midlands West One this season after they suffered a 27-23 reverse under Moseley's floodlights last Friday night.

Bromsgrove surrendered an early 10-0 lead as they failed to press home their advantage against Moseley Oak and now find themselves well adrift of league leaders Dudley Kingswinford and Burton.

Head coach Dan Protherough admitted: "We relying on other teams now to do us a favour. All we can do is keep going especially as both Dudley Kingswinford and Burton still have some dangerous sides to play.

"Maybe it wasn't a good idea to play on a Friday night, as most of my players had been at work all day.

"We had three match officials for the game, which we don't normally have at this level and I think that worked against both sides as the referee never allowed the game to flow.

"We were the dominant side in the scrums and yet the referee, who was being assessed kept finding something to give penalties against us, which I found strange."

Bromsgrove travel to second-placed Burton this Saturday in the knowledge that they must win to keep their promotion prospects alive.

Burton already lead Bromsgrove by nine points and have the luxury of a game in hand.

Protherough said: "We must win at Burton, but if we don't, it's not the end of the season. We need to analyse where we went wrong. Already it's clear we've fallen behind the top two in regards to picking up bonus points.

"We've not put sides to bed when we've had the chance and that is something that we need to look at".

Right wing Josh Holt and fly-half Ed Spalding scored tries against Moseley Oak with the remaining points being supplied by the boot of scrum-half Adam Whiteman.