Enfield Ignatians were outclassed 63-17 by fourth-placed Belsize Park in the London Two North-West clash at Regent's Park.
The visitors trailed 35-0 at the break but came vert close to achieving a bonus point as they piled on the pressure in the second period.
Tries by Wes Warren, Jake Bates and Tim Yaworski gave the Blue and Golds some badly needed momentum and they continued to chase the game until the final minute.
Ignatians managed to run a penalty close to the line after Belsize incurred a second yellow card for killing the ball.
A fired up Enfield broke the gainline but, crucially the ball was dropped with the whitewash in sight and the chance of securing a point by virtue of scoring four tries went begging.
Coach Ali Cook said: "I set the team the objective of scoring four tires and we certainly responded.
"However, we made far too many errors and against the better sides in the division you get punished for your mistakes."
Ignatians now sit eighth in the table and face a crunch clash away to Tabard on Saturday, March 25.
And the combined Ignatians' second and third teams lost an away friendly 27-17 to their Cheshunt counterparts. The visitors paid dearly for a lethargic start and trailed 24-0 at the break.
But they managed to rally together to salvage three tries in the second half.