Huddersfield YMCA may have been relegated to North One East, but they have vowed to make an immediate return to national level.
Despite a terrific 27-19 home win against Sheffield in their final match of the National III North campaign, they went down because Stockport won at Birkenhead Park.
The Laund Hill club have been lifted by news that coaches Ian Spence and Dave Larder are staying for next season – and that Adam Ryder and James Bell have agreed terms and have been appointed joint captains.
“I think the general feeling of everyone at the club is that we will give it a right go next season,” said director of rugby Damon Scholes.
“We played outstandingly well against Sheffield and it shows what we are capable of when we focus on the job.”
YM started the game at a tremendous pace and stretched the visitors defence both left and right.
Sheffield had obviously not come just to make the numbers up as they showed their attacking potential on the counter attack.
The stalemate was broken on 10 minutes after skipper Simon Wilson knocked over a penalty from 40m.
They increased the lead on 17 minutes, Lloyd Bentley and Ryder setting up Ben Emsley to score. Wilson added the extras for 10-0.
YM then notched a second try through prop Chris Moore, although Wilson failed with the conversion.
On 30 minutes, the now rampant YM went further in front with the try of the match as Bentley touched down wide out on the left and Wilson kicked the extras for a 22-0 half-time lead.
Having been somewhat taken aback by the YM intensity in the first period Sheffield open the second half with much more purpose.
No8 Jonny France put them on the board with a converted try, while YM were denied a bonus-point try by a forward pass to Bentley.
The fourth try did eventually come when, after a catch and drive at the visitors line, the ball was worked out to Ryder, who put supporting full back Sam Fletcher over.
Wilson missed the conversion but the lead was 27-7.
Having thrown everything into the first 70 minutes the YM began to tire which let the visitors back into the game and prop Dom Ramsden scored an unconverted try.
With time almost up, Sheffield scored again from deep inside their own half through wing Broadley. France converted.
YMCA: Fletcher, Bentley, Stead, Ryder, Morton, Wood, Wilson, Slater, Emsley, Moore, Robertson, Boussaada, Starbuck, Hodge, Edwards. Subs (all used) – Housley, Watson, Wrafter (L).