Damien Whales men are teetering one point and two places above the drop-zone after suffering back-to-back heavy defeats without managing to score a point. Stags were thumped 55-0 by Oundle at The Racecourse last Saturday only a week after being on the receiving end of a 57-0 drubbing at Old Northamptonians. This is as difficult a period as we have faced for some years, admitted Whales. The quality of the league is improving and we are not it is that simple. The gap between the top and bottom half has increased significantly and we find ourselves in trouble at the wrong end. The league table doesnt lie at this stage of the season. Weve fielded weakened sides on occasions and havent always approached games with the correct mindset. Teams fighting to avoid relegation tend to make themselves very hard to beat. We need to do that very quickly. Weve worked very hard to get to a decent standard of rugby and well ensure we are playing at Level 6 again next season. We need to get some important guys back from injury and were also aiming to attract players to strengthen our squad. Stags were soon in arrears against Oundle after conceding three tries in the opening 20 minutes. Any hopes of a fightback were all but ended when Steven Chantler was red-carded before the break for kicking out in retaliation. Whales side continued to compete despite their numerical disadvantage, but they couldnt prevent the visitors from running in six further tries in the second period as an eighth defeat in 12 games became inevitable. Whales added: We played very poorly at ONs the previous Saturday, but we were better against Oundle. We were in the game until the red card. We kept the ball and had plenty of territory, but we couldnt turn it into points ourselves and then conceded far too many. Thats something we have to address as a priority. Things are not about to get any easier for Stags, who travel to fifth-placed Paviors this Saturday before entertaining table-toppers Syston at The Racecourse on December 16.