Old Patesians suffered a 28-18 defeat at Everest Road against high-flying Weston-super-Mare in National Three South West.
Pats’ problems began in the first minute as Weston kicked off down the slope. They were penalised for not releasing and Weston centre James Mackay kicked the penalty.
Weston absorbed the pressure from Pats and then scored a try through prop Dave Swann, converted by Mackay.
Back came Pats with a searing run from wing Will Kane and from the scrum he forced he ten metres out they went for a pushover try which was awarded to No 8 James Pettigrew.
Then Weston left wing James Arnold hacked on and picked up for the softest of tries in his corner, converted by Mackay.
Conor Gwilliam kicked a penalty for Pats as Weston led 17-8 at the break.
Pats centre Lee Taylor made a break and Gwilliam sneaked over for a try to bring Pats into bonus-point range.
Although Weston lost their main kicker Mackay to the sin-bin for a late tackle, fly-half Chris Young stepped up to land a penalty from the halfway line.
Mackay returned to kick another penalty.
Pats lock Josh Stevens and replacement Ben Walsh were yellow-carded within a minute of each other to torpedo Pats’ aspirations.
Weston scrum-half Dan Waldon went over unopposed.
A try for scrum-half James Aherne just before the final whistle was scant consolation for Pats.