Doncaster Mustangs were left to rue their error count as they suffered the narrowest of defeats in the opening round of the Midlands Football Conference.
However, the performance also offered plenty of positives for the Division One campaign ahead.
A defensive battle saw the momentum swing one way and the other but an interception thrown by Mustangs quarterback Pete Rogers in the dying seconds handed Ouse Valley Knights the win.
Having driven down to the Eagles’ five-yard line with less than one minute to go, the Mustangs looked certain to take the lead until Rogers’ mistake gave possession of the ball back to the visitors.
Until that point the stars of the show had been the Mustangs’ re-vamped defense, lead by former quarterback Graham Lightfoot, and they continually put pressure on Eagles quarterback Zach Woodaege, who threw two interceptions himself.
Impressive showings from Gaz Wild and Gaz Burns, with 15 tackles between them, held the Eagles in check for the majority.
Mustangs will, however, look back on this game as one that should have been won. Numerous penalties and dropped catches stopped Doncaster advancing the ball and a total of five interceptions from Rogers, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Ouse Valley, meant they could never build a lead that was probably deserved.
MVPs were Alan Silva de Souza (offense) and Rob Mills (defense).
Mustangs play at home next on May 15 against Sandwell Steelers.