Pertemps Bees 24 Cornish Pirates 36
"These Bees players may not have skill but they've got a lot of enthusiasm" came the cry from a critical Cornish fan at the halfway stage.
The same supporter had laughed and mocked his side's opposition with just 11 minutes on the clock as the visitors ran in two simple tries.
How satisfying it would have been to see Bees prove that Pirates follower wrong with another full-time scalp. But unfortunately enthusiasm was all the battling Sharmans Cross Road side could offer on the day.
And, yet again, Phil Maynard is quick to admit that financial muscle counts as much as physical muscle in National One Rugby.
"They've (Pirates) got a playing budget of £2.2 million whilst ours is £450,000, so when they turn up the gas it works," said the Bees director of rugby.
"You would expect a full time side to start as fast as they did. We made a game of it but if they are given chances then they will score tries.
"They did a professional job and we have no right to beat a team like that."
However Bees nearly earned the right to beat the Pirates, formally known as Penzance and Newlyn, and should have at least taken away a bonus point. With just two minutes left to play the hosts had shrunk the deficit to just four points. But the powerful Cornish side proved to be too strong for Bees at the death.
It looked as though a whitewash was on the cards when ex-Bees man Gavin Cattle and Matthew Jess, backed up by the boot of Tom Barlow, gifted Pirates a healthy 14 point lead after 11 minutes.
Joe Bearman looked to have piled further misery on Bees when he broke free a minute later but full-back Dave Knight stamped out the danger.
Line-outs were proving to be a problem for Bees throughout the first half as the home team were confusing themselves with complex manoeuvres and constantly gifting Pirates possession.
Fly- half Tim Walsh chased down a loose ball on 18 minutes and nearly crashed over for the Bees' opening point but a knockon at the try-line ended the move.
A painful clash between Adam Billig and Pirates' Duncan Roke resulted in both players eventually leaving the field as well as a healthy amount of added time at the end of the half.
But as Bees desperately searched for that first try all they brought into the interval was a Walsh penalty.
The home side were wrong to think that their brief spell of dominance would continue in the second half and an early blow from the Pirates proved that point.
Cattle scored a carbon copy of his first try on 43 minutes by collecting the ball from a driving maul before nipping over the line. Barlow made no mistake with the conversion.
A characteristic Nick Baxter charge won a penalty for Bees two minutes later. But as Walsh's kick agonisingly struck the post, Knight reacted first to collect the rebound and dive over for a converted try.
The visitors' driving mauls were a constant thorn in the Bees' side and No 8 Tim Cowley scored a try through a similar move on 52 minutes.
With improved line-outs and the sin binning of Christopher Morgan, Maynard's men started to show their trademark bouncebackability.
Tries from wingers Tom Beim and Baxter on 71 and 78 minutes respectively looked to have clinched Bees a bonus point.
However replacement Lee Jarvis eased Pirates' nerves with a penalty then an injury time try wrapped things up.
Richard Welding broke free before slipping yards from the try line but Morgan collected the pass to touch down.