Grantham Town under-17s long run of cup successes was brought to and with defeat to Ruston Sports in the Lincolnshire Under-18 County Cup Final at Sincil Bank on Sunday.
And to rub salt into the wound, the junior Gingerbreads only lost the match on penalties.
Grantham dominated from kick-off and took a deserved lead on 13 minutes when Jawanz Grant turned smartly and fired in from 10 yards.
Ruston replied just before the half hour mark, but the Gingerbreads regained the lead after half time when Liam Motson headed in from a corner kick at the back post.
The real turning point of the game came when Ruston were awarded a controversial penalty which was duly converted. The scores were still level at 2-2 at the final whistle, and remained so after extra time, with Town going close with Thomas Scott and Ryan Holland both hitting the bar..
Ruston held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out, with their man-of-the-match keeper making a decisive save.
Meanwhile, Grantham Town under-16s ended their Junior Premier League campaign with a 2-1 loss at Hinckley United, with Luke Farmer scoring the Gingerbreads’ only goal.
The under-18s moved into second in the Lincs Intermediate League following a 4-1 home win over Sleaford Town.
The Gingerbreads’ under-13s went top of the Peterborough Junior Alliance with a 5-2 victory at home to Holbeach United in their final game, although Deeping Rangers are level on points with two games in hand. Thomas Anderson, Nathan Lane, Harrison Holland and an Alfred Morley double did the damage for Town.
The under-11s continued to impress and recorded a superb 2-1 away win over an experienced Aslockton side. Mathew Smith and Oliwier Wnukowski netted for the Gingerbreads.