BRIXHAM are stepping up their search for a second-row signing during the extended absence of Luke Maggs.
The Fishermen knew they were going to be short of locks before the season started following the departure of Kiwi Dylan Flashman to London, where he is playing for Blackheath.
Maggs has been injured since the start of the campaign, leaving Brixham to mix and match as best they can.
Head coach Dan Parkes has had enough of asking players to fill in and now wants a permanent solution.
"Gareth Williams has gone back in the row from prop and done a great job in his old position," said Parkes.
"While it is great having Gareth helping out, it means we missing him in the front row, where he is a very effective performer.
"There is always an option of putting a back-row player into the second row, but that doesn't always work.
"We are now actively looking for a second-row forward. Hopefully there is one out there."
Brixham travel to Weston this Saturday on the back of successive defeats by Old Redcliffians and Redingensians.
The Fishermen were 10-3 up just before half time against Redingensians and 20-10 down not long after it. There was no way back.
A penalty put them behind after five minutes but they seemed determined to prove coach Parkes right by showing that they were a winning side.
Ten minutes later the ball was grounded over the try-line in the scoreboard corner but a foot in touch had it disallowed.
Moments later several phases of attacking play brought more reward.
A run by flanker Martin Browne made ground in the centre; his over-the-shoulder pass was recovered by skipper Adam Thomas and the ball was recycled for No 8 Jarryd Harris to touch down in the corner.
Ben Lovell added the conversion from wide out and slotted a penalty when a subsequent attack was stopped by a high tackle.
This was the high-point of the game for Brixham.
A penalty goal reduced the visitors' deficit and a converted try on the stroke of half-time and a 13-10 lead.
A minute into the second period the lead was up to ten points when the Rams ran in a second try.
For much of the remainder of the game Brixham were on the back foot with astute kicking keeping them penned back.
One attack ended with Brixham knocking-on; Rams recovered it and with the ref playing advantage their centre scampered through and headed for the try line.
A smothering, last ditch, tackle by Matt Crosscombe brought him down but from the ensuing play a try resulted.
Rams scored their last try from another unpromising position.
"It wasn't lack of effort on our part, but we seemed to run out of ideas after going through a few phases," said Parkes.
"The one thing I would like to see us do is grab control on key areas of the field.
"When we are in our own 22 we don't really want to be putting extra passes in when there is no need to.
"We are not a million miles away from getting it right and small improvements could make a big difference."