A LACK of backs is likely to cost Bala the chance to push for honours this season.

With one of the best packs of forwards in the region, the men from Maes Gwyniad have lost a clutch of backs from last season.

Even so, they are pushing expected Division One (North) title challengers close and they picked up a bonus point versus Bethesda, who occupy a position in the top-four.

"We have lost so many backs," said Bala chairman Tony Parry.

"We had a prop playing centre against Bethesda and he went off injured.

"We will still battle hard versus the top teams, but maybe we haven't got that cutting edge."

Bala picked up three tries on Saturday as they claimed a bonus point following the 27-20 loss.

Miallt Roberts grabbed two of the tries and there was also a score for replacement Tom Hughes.

In addition, Owain Aled kicked a penalty and a conversion.

"We ran Bethesda close and they are a good team," added Parry.

"We are not pleased with the result, but we are pleased we didn't let ourselves down."

Great credit goes to Bala for the fact they managed to field three teams on Saturday.

Bala 2nds lost out 39-21 in their meeting with Bethesda 2nds, while Bala Youth were defeated 12-3 versus Newtown.