Haywards Heath are under orders to cut out the errors if they are to get their National League season off the ground.

Heath, beaten ten days ago in their division three south opener, went down again on Saturday.

They lost 31-17 at home to Richmond in the second round of the Powergen Cup.

Heath were not too disappointed to miss out on a trip to Wakefield in the next round but admit two successive defeats at what was previously their Whitemans Green fortress have come as a shock.

Skipper Alex Meredith said: "It was a very disappointing weekend.

"We had a chance to go ahead at 9-6. Then we made some basic handling errors and conceded two tries.

"Richmond ran them in from their own half. We got a rollicking at half-time and we deserved it but we still didn't turn our pressure into points in the second half.

"Losing two home games in a row is a shock to the system but we have got to stay positive."

Mark Pymm scored the home try just before half-time which gave Heath renewed hope after they had fallen 21-6 adrift.

Henry Goodburn was the creator, coming in off his wing after the pack had established a decent position.

Jon Groenen kicked four penalties and Heath were still only seven points down deep into stoppage time.