TROWBRIDGE head coach Dan Jeffries cut a frustrated figure as his side suffered their third defeat of the campaign.

Having lost their first two matches in Southern Counties South, the Doric Park outfit returned to North Dorset – the scene of their opening-day 17-7 loss – in the Dorset & Wilts 1st XV Cup first round determined for revenge.

However, Trowbridge were once again on the wrong end of the result and crashed out of the cup following a 26-20 loss.

First-half tries from Lewis Jordan and Darryl Thompson put the 2014 cup winners in a strong position, but the visitors’ ill-discipline allowed North Dorset to take the win.

“It is almost like we have forgotten how to win,” Jeffries said.

“We started well with a Lewis Jordan try, but we kept giving away unnecessary penalties.

“We conceded late in the first half and that really hurt us and we never really recovered – they also score a try with the last play of the game.

“But we need to protect the ball a lot better, stop forcing the pass, our downfall is completely down to our ill-discipline.”

The Trowbridge chief Jeffries is hoping that by having a number of players comeback into the fold for the first time this term will help turn his side’s fortunes around.

“Shai Bonnick is back this weekend for the first time and that will be massive for us,” said Jeffries, who will take his side to bottom of the table Swanage and Wareham.

“Dan Greenslade came back in for the first time on Saturday and Karl Parry has also returned to our front row too so we are looking stronger.

“Swanage finished third last season and it is going to be another tough game for us.

“They haven’t had a great start to the season so we have got to go there and back ourselves.”

In the Senior Vase, Melksham bowed out in the first round as they suffered a 18-12 loss at Bridport.