BASEMENT boys Holmes Chapel stunned Ellesmere Port in South Lancs/Cheshire Three on Saturday.
The relegation strugglers inflicted a big loss on Port and player-coach Dave Layder said: 'We tried hard but the performance was not there.
'Nothing seemed to go for us. They scored first and penned us back in our own half for most of the first half. After they scored they grew in confidence and tackled very hard indeed.
'There were some unusual refereeing decisions which also hampered our ability to get back into the game.'
At half time, the score was 17-3 to Chapel but Port still believed they could win.
'They have probably not led many times this season at half-time,' said Layder. 'Certainly not by that much so we thought we might break through if we got our game together.'
But after 10 minutes of the second half, where Chapel scored again, Port's hopes began to fade.
'One of our guys put in a high tackle,' said Layder. 'It should have been a penalty but the ref gave a penalty try. At 24-3 down, we were really chasing the game.'
With 10 minutes to go, Port's Jerry Phillips went over the Holmes Chapel line to score - but it was too little too late.
Layder added: 'By then we were on the back foot and Chapel were full of confidence and they went on to score a few more before the end.
'We have no game on Saturday either so we can't bounce straight back.'
Port are next in action on Saturday, February 24 when they host Southport.