HEREFORD RFC suffered a disappointing end to 2018 as they lost their unbeaten away record with a 20-0 defeat to Sutton Coldfield.

The Wyesiders suffered on a bitterly cold and rain-soaked afternoon when they failed to make their first half advantage of playing down the slope count going in 3-0 down.

In the second half Sutton Coldfield registered three tries and closed out the game.

“It was a very disappointing result,” said Hereford Head Coach, Sean Lynn.

“We said at the beginning of the season that we wanted come away with points from every game and this is the first that we haven’t.

"It's another step on a big learning curve for us. Full credit to Sutton Coldfield, they came at us with a game plan and stuck to it.

"We should have come away with points from the first half and that’s a lesson learnt. We have two weeks off now and the boys need a good rest.

"There were great performances from Fran Jennings, stepping in and doing great work and Gareth Jones, again with 100 per cent work rate from him.”

Hereford go into the Christmas break in sixth and their next fixture is on January 5, when they host third place Whitchurch.