Boston Rugby Club were narrowly knocked out of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup in the first round.
The Blue and Whites were facing Midlands 3 rivals Lincoln for the second time this season and, despite a vastly-improved performance, they missed out 21-24.
Coach Willem Jonker was forced to shuffle his squad due to unavailability and injuries.
In the forwards Sean Hughes returned at number eight, with Callum Lawson in the back row.
The back line was reshuffled, with Johnny Neal moving to scrum half, Mathew Bray to fly half and Michael Baldwin to centre.
The first half saw Lincoln impose their self on Boston and would enter half time 19-8 down.
A rolling maul saw Mathew Dean score the first of his first two tries, and a penalty by Mathew Bray contributed to the home side’s points.
Boston came back well in the second half, starting strongly.
Within the first 10 minutes they secured six points via two Mathew Bray penalties to reduce the arrears to 14-19.
With Boston taking the game to the visitors, the last 20 minutes would prove entertaining for the watching crowd.
Lincoln extended their lead via two well-taken penalties to move 25-14 ahead.
With the clock running down, Boston did manage to cross the whitewash with a minute of normal time remaining, Dean driving over from two metres out.
Bray’s conversion would see Boston cut the deficit to three points.
On Saturday Boston return to league action, travelling to play Nottingham Moderns (KO 3pm).
BOSTON: Scupham, Dowse, Lane, Eldin, Dean, Lawson, Hughes, Stokes, Neal, Cowern, Baldwin, Bray, J. Andrews, Balsom, Stanfield; Replacement: Noble.