Milton Keynes’ miserable campaign continued on Saturday as they slumped to a 29-19 defeat to fellow relegation candidates Alchester.
City, rooted to the bottom of the table with just three points, were behind after 10 minutes when Alchester ran in their first try, but the conversion was missed.
MK went ahead when Dan Pearson scored and kicked the extras, putting the visitors 7-5 up.
Close to the end of the first half Alchester took control of the game with some strong forward play which resulted in a further try to the them with just minutes to go before the break.
Alchester were soon on the scoreboard again in the second half with a Milton Keynes scrum giving the home side the ball after it ricoched off a city player into the hands of Alchester giving an easy try.
Despite little ball there were opportunities for City to score. After some good handling and slack defence by Alchester Scott Aspinal went over to score giving City a lifeline.
Midway through the second half Alchester increased their lead with a push over try making the score 22 – 12.
Again City worked their way back into the match. A good run by Dan Pearson and latterly Jamie Trevino gave Dan Rolfe a try with some missed tackles by the home side. City were now just 3 points behind with 10 minutes to go.
The final blow came with just minutes remaining. Alchester kept the ball in the forwards, eventually coming out to the backs for a comfortable try close to the posts. With the conversion Alchester were able to celebrate an important victory.