Banbury Bulls head coach James Kerr admitted his side gave themselves too much to do in the second half of their 10-3 defeat at Pinley.
Despite the loss, Bulls retain third place in Midlands Two West South and Kerr will be looking for an improved display against Spartans.
Kerr said: “Pinley played with a bit more passion than we did and we gave ourselves too much to do in the second half. We didn’t impose ourselves on the game early on.
“They were more physical in the tight five and that made it difficult for us to get a solid platform to play off. But our defence was superb again and that has been one of the positives this time, it has improved through the season.
“But what was most satisfying was that 16 of our 18 players in Saturday’s squad were all Banbury boys who had come through the youth system here.”