Without a game at the weekend, the Taunton Titans fell to the bottom of the National One Rugby table as both teams around them recorded wins.

It was a catch-up weekend for teams who had missed games earlier in the season, and while it was good for the Titans players to get a weeks rest, it leaves them with a mammoth task ahead.

Currently, Taunton has played 17 games, won three of them and lost the remaining 14, leaving them with a total of 27 league points.

Defence has been an issue for the side this campaign as they have conceded 614 points in all matches, whilst scoring on 446 leaving them a deficit of -168.

One positive is their 13 bonus points coming from tries scored, proving they are often able to play expansive rugby that breaks teams down. The problem has been the ability to consistently keep that up across 80 minutes.

That being said, this Taunton side has the ability to perform at this level, they have proven that at times this season and last, so hope should not be lost yet.

Looking ahead, the Titans has nine league matches left for the rest of the campaign and to avoid relegation, they will likely need to win at least four of those, at first glance.

Conveniently, they have to play the four teams immediately above them on the table in Leicester Lions, Bishop's Stortford, Cinderford, and Sale FC.

So wins against those sides would greatly help their cause to avoid relegation from the National One Rugby league.

In terms of home games remaining, the Titans have four remaining, so if they can put in quality performances at home for the rest of the season, it could prove vital in their relegation avoidance.

Up next for Taunton is a home match on Saturday, February 10 against sixth-placed Sedgley Park.

When the two sides met in October, the home side won but a late Charlie Wright try earned both a fourth try and a losing bonus point with the scoreboard reading 32-28 at full-time.

Kick-off for the game at Veritas Park is 3pm and entry is £15 for adults and free for Under-16s.

This Saturday TRFC welcomes back a large number of former players for the occasion and the superb pre-match carvery which is now sold out for this game.

There will also be delicious hot pasties and coffees available before and during the game from the Proper Cornish pasty van and three bars will be open.