A gutsy performance from Towcestrians 1st XV saw them come agonisingly close to upsetting the odds and defeating unbeaten Peterborough Lions in Midlands 1 East.
Trailing 22-5 at the break, Tows appeared down and out but a determined second half fight back brought them to within two points before a late Lions try ended their hopes.
Peterborough made the stronger start and took an early lead when Jaco Stoenburg superbly converted a penalty from the half way line.
The home side then capitalised on weak Towcestrians tackling to score the opening try of the game.
But Tows showed plenty of spirit to lay down their intentions as Martyn Harvey went over before a second converted Lions try cut short the celebrations.
As half time approached, it seemed Tows would reduce the arrears when they had a five-metre scrum, only for referee Nicola Reynolds to award Lions the penalty and allow them to breakout from their wrecked scrum and work the ball the length of the field to score an excellent try.
That seemingly put Tows out of the game at half time but the visitors came roaring back at their hosts in a devastating spell after half time.
A break from fly half Chrissie George found Ben Roe for a score before David Williams ran in two quick tries.
Those three tries brought the scores to 22-20 and Tows then had the chance to put themselves into the lead but Matt Yuill narrowly put a penalty wide.
Tows went on the offence and frantically searched for a winning score but they were caught out on the break when winger JC Sagoe intercepted a loose pass and score in the corner.
However, Tows did hang on for a very well deserved bonus point.