BIRMINGHAM Exiles' inconsistent season continued as they lost a single second-half try against Atherstone.
The fixture made history as it was the first time the two teams had ever faced each other.
And it was the visitors who took the lead early on through an Elliott Johnstone penalty.
But within five minutes the hosts were level as stand-off Mick Cameron kicked a long range penalty.
As half time approached a booming touch finder penalty put E's on the defensive close to their own line, but Atherstone were penalised following the restart.
After the break Exiles came out in a positive spirit but were frustrated in their attempts to break down the solid home pack.
Line outs, so often a problem for E's, were going well but the scrums were a very different matter.
Mid-way through the second half disaster struck when outside centre Tony Cooper crashed through to touch down and Cameron added the extras.
Exiles tried to rescue the match but to no avail. Tomorrow they travel to Bredon Star who are unbeaten at home.
Elsewhere Exiles 2nds were beaten 26-7 at home to Dixonians.