SLOUGH captain Max Miles believes the Greenies deserved at least a bonus point from their 35-17 defeat at Buckinghamshire rivals Marlow on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

Slough trailed 18-10 heading into the break at Riverwoods with unconverted tries in the first-half from Rhys Amos and George Wells.

Ignacio Lopez touched down after half-time and Miles successfully booted the conversion, but it was not enough for Slough to complete the league double over their county rivals.

Miles insists it was one of the Greenies' best performances of the season but a fourth straight defeat leaves them second from bottom in Southern Counties North and seven points from safety.

The Slough captain told the Observer: "It was a little bit of a strange game. We were going to Marlow looking to get the double over them and our performance was one of the best this season, but it's another loss.

"In terms of physicality and intensity, both in defence and attack, it was pretty superb, but we were one try short of securing the bonus point.

"Our aim for the second-half of the season is to pick up bonus points when we can to try and boost our points total.

"Our performance, in general, was one of the best this season so far and we deserved to get one or two bonus points out of the game.

"Marlow made the most of the conditions and the strong wind better than we did. They're a good side and, when we made little mistakes, they punished us.

"However, we deserved at least one bonus point and probably two, and we didn't deserve to lose by that much."

Slough now face two must-win fixtures to boost their chances of survival this season, a visit to Tamblyn Fields from third from bottom Reading this Saturday, before a trip across Berkshire to Reading Abbey on Saturday 26th January.

Drifters have suffered a third consecutive defeat in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier after losing 33-13 to Wheatley at One Pin Lane on Saturday.

The Farnham Common club have not won since being awarded a walkover win in the fixture away at Milton Keynes back in December, and they remain in eighth position in the league table.

Drifters travel to second from bottom Bletchley this Saturday.