STAFFORD Ladies 1st XV suffered a heartbreaking 15-12 home defeat at the hands of second place Bridgnorth on Sunday.
The Castlefields side had moved into the second half leading 12-5 before the Shropshire visitors pulled a try back.
Bridgnorth continued to press and with just six minutes remaining they ran in a second try.
In the closing stages, Stafford Ladies threw themselves into attack with brute force and an excruciating final few minutes of rugby ensued.
Stafford attacked non-stop and went close on several occasions to crossing the line. When it looked as though they had, the referee declared the ball had not touched down and the final whistle went.
The Stafford team trooped off disappointed, but with their heads held high, knowing that they had given one of the leading sides in their section an almighty scare.
If you, or anyone you know fancies trying out ladies rugby at Stafford pop along to their weekly training sessions, on Wednesdays at 7pm (Newport Road ground).
Alternatively you can try touch rugby at King Edward V1 High School on a Thursday night at 6.30pm (£2 entry) and open to anyone over 18, male or female, any experience level and fitness! For more details on these sessions, call Tess Hibbs on 07817 385054 or through staffordrugbyclub.com There is also girls rugby training on Mondays (7pm), for ages 12-17 years, call Carla Lund on 07956 912844 for further information.