Boston Rugby Club finished their first season in the Midlands 3 East (North) with a seventh-place finish.
The Blue and Whites ended their campaign with a nine-point defeat at Lincolnshire rivals Sleaford, going down 43-34.
With both sides unaffected by promotion or relegation concerns, the teams saw a number of changes enforced due to injuries and unavailability of players.
Playing against the strong wind, Boston made a dream start scoring only after two minutes of play when prop Alex Kemp was fed the ball from a quick tap penalty five metres out to bulldoze his way over.
Sleaford responded and, in a 13-minute spell, scored three quick tries to move 5-19 ahead.
At this stage the signs of a heavy defeat seemed ominous.
However, to Boston’s credit, they started to fight back and on 30 minutes winger Mark Hodgson scored to reduce the arrears to 10-19.
With four minutes of the half remaining, Sleaford touched down again to lead 10-24.
Coach Jonker brought on second row Henry Betts for Ross Noble at the break, after which Boston started positively.
Ater a disallowed try, back row Jake Brooks scored and his brother Tom converted, bringing Boston to within seven points of their opponents.
Will Sharpe then scored after a quick tap penalty and Boston were just two points behind.
But Sleaford upped their game and scored two quick tries to move 38-22 ahead.
Despite this set back the visitors refused to lie down and two further tries by Jake Brooks and Hodgson reduced the points difference to 38-34.
The Blue and Whites were again in contention, but it was Sleaford who scored with their final try to win 43-34.
BOSTON: Kemp, Scupham, Deamer, Sharpe, Eldin, Noble, J. Brooks, Johnson, Jonker, T. Brooks, Cook, Baldwin, Cross, Hodgson, Andrews; Replacements: Worboys, Betts.
Boston’s final game of the campaign will be the Nott’s, Lincs and Derbyshire Plate final on April 27.
They face Buxton at Matlock (KO 12.30pm).