Wetherby Rugby Club suffered semi-final heartache in their quest to reach Twickenham as their record unbeaten run was brought to a devastating end.
Wetherby came within one try of a place in the National Junior Vase final as they went down to a 13-7 defeat at Midlands outfit Buxton.
“It just feels like we had been punched in the stomach,” said heartbroken captain Danny Warden.
“We're all feeling absolutely dreadful. The whole squad has been gutted. We have a ground message which has just been getting filled with teary emojis since Saturday.”
Wetherby had previously been unbeaten since February 2014, with 56 victories from 59 matches leading into the last four clash.
But Buxton were also undefeated this season and dominated possession through their forwards to nullify Wetherby's exciting threats in the back division.
That led to a low-scoring first half with the Midlands hosts scoring the only converted try and leaving Wetherby pointless.
Two penalties were added to the home advantage to 13 in the opening 20 minutes of the second period leaving Wetherby with a mountain to climb.
The Reds finally got their chance as the hosts tired in the final stages, but the Grange Parkers could only force one converted try as a late knock-on handed victory to the hosts.
Warden said: “It's so much more painful after losing by such a small margin.
“We keep reliving the game in our heads to see what tiny things we could have done more.
“But we couldn't have asked for any more from the lads that came on Saturday. They fought right to the last minute to try and get over the whitewash.
“We just apologise to the whole town that we couldn't get over the final hurdle.”
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