Milton Keynes were out-gunned in all areas on Saturday as they were thumped 76-0 away at Bicester.
With the visitors still struggling with team selection due to commitments and injuries it was never going to be an easy game.
From the kick off, the writing was on the wall in quick fashion.
Without City even touching the ball, Bicester were able to score two tries and convert one.
This was to be the character for much of the game. Bicester proved to be powerful runners, and with the inevitable missed tackles with constant attack, City were unable to fend off the home team for long.
They had strength in both the forwards and the backs which constantly stretched the City defence.
There were times when City had the opportunity to at least add a score for pride, but passes went astray or went forward at the last moment, all but ending their chances.
Despite the loss there were some encouraging signs for City.
The scrum was working well until injuries disrupted the formation.
Dan Rolfe worked tirelessly in defence and Dave Matthews made some penetrating moves. Been Fisher also worked hard in the pack until injury forced him off the field.
City remain second from bottom in the league, but always hopeful, it is likely that, with a full complement of players the performances will improve in the New Year.
Their next home comes on Saturday against High Wycombe - a game which promises to be another tough test for City.