HEREFORD RFC Head Coach Sean Lynn said that there was positives to take from his side suffering a fifth league defeat on the bounce.

A depleted side headed to Dudley Kingswinford on Saturday and struggled to contain the hosts, eventually losing out 41-19.

After conceding three tries in the first 20 minutes the Wyesiders responded after a series of pick and drives the ball was moved wide for Josh Lawrence to cross the whitewash.

From the kick-off, a series of drives saw Bryn Goodall break and make ground before off-loading to Hillson for the second Hereford try.

Hillson converted his own try to bring the visitors back into the match at 19-12.

However, Dudley responded immediately and in the space of two minutes scored two further tries to give themselves a 17 points advantage.

Hereford responded and moved the ball from a scrum out wide to Goodall for a converted score to leave them 29-19 behind at the break.

The Wyesiders held their own in the second half until the 69th minute when their defence was breached before conceding again at the death.

"It was a spirited effort from the boys and there was an improvement from last week which was really good to see," said Lynn.

"We knew it was always going to be tough coming to Dudley and with some boys not available.

"There were though, some players who put their hands up. Matt Pritchard was outstanding when he came on, Matt Frost made a good impact and it was really nice to see Bryn Goodall back in a Hereford shirt, he looked really sharp.

"There are some positives from the game, it’s just a pity we’ve now lost five games in a row.

"A week off next week will help us and we are now looking forward to the Worcester and Longton games at home both big games for us.

"The boys understand that much more is needed from them, but we shall look forward to the challenges ahead.”