Buxton Stags Director of Rugby Karl de groot says his aside’s defeat in the NLD PLate to Grimsby shows they are capable of playing at a higher level.
They were beaten 17-3 at the quarter-final stage by their higher league opponents in a keenly contested open game of rugby.
Karl de groot said: “Today was really about us seeing where were in terms of our aspirations to play in the same league next season.
“The players demonstrated without doubt that they are more than capable of the next step in my view.
“After we adjusted to the inevitable pace change we were fairly competitive all afternoon and, with a slightly depleted squad through injury, we have to all be happy with the performance.
“Not many sides in their own league will go to them and come away with such a credible result.“
Buxton were the first to be presented with a points scoring opportunity with a penalty awarded early in the game which Sircar pushed wide.
Grimsby went over next, with a chip and chase sending in their winger for a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes of end to end play.
Buxton soon had an opportunity after some cracking phase play for Meek to go in out wide after repeated phases, but he spurned the pass with the line begging, for what would have been a 7-5 lead.
Grimsby struck again shortly after with another chip over exposing some weak back play for a second un converted try and a lead at half-time of 10-0.
The second half was as keenly contested and Buxton responded soon after with a penalty by Holland in front of the posts.
Both sides continued to press, but with Buxton perhaps shading the half until Grimsby turned a ball over on half way and sprinted in giving them a converted try and the game at 17-3.