NEIL Shillingford says there is no time for Dudley Kingswinford to dwell on their rare defeat at Stoke.

Title-chasing DK suffered their first loss in 14 league games when defeated 24-20 last Saturday.

It means their lead at the top is now just four points but with second-placed Burton also boasting two games in hand.

The Heathbrook outfit will welcome back a host of key names as they look to hit back at Hereford this weekend and the director of rugby is keen to quickly move on.

He said: "The loss will just be another learning curve for us and we'll just keep chasing those bonus point wins again.

"There are a lot of tough games coming up so we can't dwell on it.

"We're still top but it's just mathematically a bit different now. There is a lot of rugby to be played and a lot of tough games for all the teams fighting at the top.

"The players will be self-motivated to bounce back. The guys coming back will want to make a difference and those that were involved at Stoke will want to put it right."

Shillingford admits that a lack of experience cost them last Saturday, adding: "It was a heavy pitch again and the conditions were not conducive to playing fluid rugby.

"We did have a lot of people missing but we had a bad first quarter and put ourselves under pressure.

"There were a couple of bad kick-offs and we got on the wrong side of the ref. We were behind before we'd really got into it and were then chasing the game.

"We came back and got ourselves ahead but just lacked the experience of a few players to get us over the line.

"We lost our discipline once more and lacked that experience in the final third to go an nick it at the death.

"It has to be said that Stoke defended really well and deserved the result in the end."

DK will have Jordan Brookes, Connah Jones, Rich Kelley, Nick Adams, Matt Squire, Luke Greenwood and Matt Grove all back for Saturday.

Ryan Smithemann also took another step towards full fitness against Stoke Arran Hudson is the only injury concern as he continues his concussion recovery.

"We have a lot more options now," said Shillingford. "We not only have players coming back into the squad who missed last week but we also have an number of young players that are doing really well."