DUDLEY Kingswinford let a slender first half lead slip in their away clash with Hereford to bag just a losing bonus point.

In tough conditions, most of the play from both teams was in the opposition half and DK had the advantage of the slope in the first period.

Hereford opened up a lead with two unanswered penalties however DK hit back on the counter attack.

The ball was moved down the left before coming back inside where Sam Vaughan and Tommy Walker combined to put Stef Shillingford in for a try.

Vaughan converted to make the half time score 6-7.

After the restart DK continued to dominate possession but missed out when a try was disallowed after the referee adjudged score James Fildes had unintentionally inferred with the play prior to the try.

Hereford benefitted from an attacking kick to the left which resulted in an unconverted try to put them in front.

Hereford were down to 14 men when their hooker was yellow carded on 65 minutes but were unable to capitalise on the advantage.

They found themselves a man up again on 75 minutes but the hosts's line held firm and they secured an 11-7 victory.

Next week DK are at home for a clash against Kenilworth.