Despite an almost-heroic comeback Kettering are out of the National Colts Cup after losing 20-18 to Paviors.
A large crowd at Waverley Road were treated to an excellent spectacle.
And Kettering were left wondering what might have been had they not allowed Paviors to build a 17-point lead. Paviors started strongly and dominated much of the early play.
The visitors opened the scoring with a driving lineout and looked very much in control during the opening quarter.
A Harry Brightwell penalty got Kettering off the mark but then the home side conceded three tries. At 20-3 down many sides would have given up.
But the Ketteirng youngsters showed some real inner belief and over a period of 20 minutes they staged a dramatic comeback.
Jack Brown started the ball rolling as he was driven over by the rest of his forwards following a series of rucks close to the Paviors line.
Brightwell added the conversion and was also on target with another penalty. Four minutes remained when lineout ball 20 metres out saw Kettering drive Paviors over their own line as Jamie Manley touched down.
But Brightwell slipped as he ran up to take the conversion and the kick was missed. Kettering continued to pile on the pressure and a clever break in midfield by Brightwell set up a one-on-one with the Paviors full-back.
The fly-half kicked the ball ahead and, as he sprinted to the line, he was taken out by a Paviors player.
The referee carded him and awarded Kettering a penalty.
However, the normally reliable Brightwell pushed the kick just wide of the uprights and time was up with a remarkable recovery left agonisingly unfinished.