NEWTON Abbot hope Saturday's home game against Old Patesians will signal a change in fortunes.
Three games into the current campaign the All Whites have only won once, not that director of rugby Roy Henderson is too bothered.
The Whites lost at Brixham, won at home to Chippenham then took a bit of a pasting at Lydney last time out.
Henderson is realistic about results so far and optimistic looking at the next three games.
"Our next three games are Old Pats, Centralians and Worcester Wanderers – all of them winnable," said Henderson.
"Three games into the season isn't a fair representation of what we can do. Let's see where we are after the next three."
Lydney handed out a 52-25 spanking to Newton Abbot, pulling clear just after half time when Newton were down to 13 me following a couple of sin-binnings.
"For the first 40 minutes we were as good as them and right in the game," said Henderson.
"In a minute we lost Dam Williams and Kyle Marriot and that was when we lost the game.
"Lydney scored 17 points while we were down to 13 and that made it very difficult for us, even though we got one back."
Henderson said being on the wrong end of a 50-pointer didn't look good, but time will tell over the season what sort of result it was.
"Lydney have set their stall out to get promoted this season and I can't see too many teams going up there and winning," said Henderson.
"We scored four tries up there and I will be interested to see how many other teams do that."
Newton hope to have scrum-half Matt Newman back from a two-week holiday this Saturday, but it's looking likely they won't have full-back Josh Smith, who scooted in for two tries against Lydney.
"Josh reverted to full-back and had an outstanding game," said Henderson.
"Unfortunately he got a broken nose in an incident the ref didn't see and might struggle to play for a week or two."
More bad news for Newton is that skipper Peter Mortimore may not play again until next year.
Mortimore was originaly ruled out due to a broken arm sustained pre-season.
"It appears he now needs an operation on his elbow and we won't see him back until February," said Henderson.
Lawrence May and Kyle Brown were Newton's other try scorers at Lydney. Smith converted a try and a penalty.
NEWTON Abbot 2nd XV upped the pace in the second half to beat Ivybridge 33-12.
The opening exchanges left the sides level at 12 all after 20 minutes, and the score line was unaltered at the break after Newton defended well against the Bridgers' more experienced pack.
Newton led early on thanks to the first of two tries from No. 8 Ian Milton, who took advantage of a weaving run by full-back Luke Smith who opened up the space for Milton to score in the right corner.
Fly-half Lewys Ryan converted, but Ivybridge hit back immediately with a try of their own when the home side failed to clear their lines.
Then a catch-and-drive from 20 metres, plus the conversion, put Ivybridge ahead, but only briefly.
Milton timed his run down the blind-side of a ruck, received a well-judged pass from scrum-half Alex Pugh, and ran in to score on the left.
Having weathered the second quarter, Newton played a more expansive game after the break to create tries through their young back-line.
Ryan scored a seven pointer that was all his own work, - then converted an individual try for Sam Slingsby who ran a great line to score under the posts.
The last try – also converted by Ryan – came from quick penalty that ended with Jon Lacey scoring out wide.
Result: Newton Abbot Colts 0, Ivybridge 12.