TOWN Reserves wrapped up their Pontin's League Premier Division season with a 2-0 McAlpine defeat to Barnsley, but it wasn't all bad news.
Striker Nat Brown made a long-awaited return after groin problems and went as close as anyone to putting the home second string on the scoresheet.
Midfielder Adnan Ahmed also played the whole of the second half just three weeks after undergoing double hernia surgery.
Apart from that, it was another tough work-out for John Dungworth's young charges - 10 of the team were from the Academy - especially after the fell behind with only six minutes on the clock.
Ex-Town man Dean Gorré was the man on target, firing in a right-foot drive from inside the D after Chris Lumsden had teed the ball up.
Brian O'Callaghan increased the visitors' lead with a back header from a Robbie Williams free-kick after 37 minutes and it wasn't until Brown tested goalkeeper Danny Alcock with a left-foot volley 14 minutes from time that Town created a serious chance.
After that, Brown's fellow substitute, Joe Shaw, was nearest to finding the net after a superb through ball from John McCombe, but his raking volley flashed inches wide.
Town: Giles, Walls (Shaw, 67mins), Hand, Walsh (Ahmed, HT), McCombe, Hardy, Caulfield (Brown, HT), Young, Huxall, Collins, Thompson. Subs not used: Draper, Sheridan.