The UCLan Rams collapsed to a 27-18 loss at Sheffield Hallam in their play-off for promotion to the premier division.
After the Rams raced into a 12-0 lead after the first quarter, Hallam fought back to overturn the deficit and ran out as comfortable winners.
Max Mottershead opened the scoring for the Rams in the first quarter during the third down, latching onto a pass from Josh Mills and running into the end zone. The conversion was missed, but this put the first points on the board for the Rams and gave them a 6-0 lead.
The score was then doubled in the second quarter when Mills picked out Adam Bamber in the corner of the end zone, again the conversion was missed but this extended the visitors’ lead to 12-0.
Hallam then responded with their own touchdown seven minutes later when quarterback Dutch Stephenson found Ronel Thompson and debut kicker Tom Martin completed the conversion to make it 12-7.
The home side then backed up their opening touchdown when Thompson ran in his second after being found once again by Stephenson, and Davies kicked the conversion to put the hosts into a 14-12 lead.
Hallam then continued their dominance in the second half when Thompson completed his hat-trick of touch-downs with Stephenson getting his third assist and Davies showing his reliability from the spot once more as the conversion put Hallam further into the lead at 21-12.
The game was all but sealed when Grant Bagg ran through to score the fourth touchdown for Hallam and put the game beyond the Rams at 27-12
The Rams then reduced the arrears with Bamber getting his second touchdown, but another poor conversion attempt only reduced the deficit to 27-18 and Hallam saw the game out to go through to the final play-off and leave the Rams devastated.