The Blues Club could not have wished for a harder opening round tie in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup, hosting Scunthorpe side College Wanderers on Saturday.
It proved to be every bit as difficult an encounter as predicted, with the Gainsborough side going down 4-2.
The Blues Club goals came from Lee Bognar and Tom Wellman, both players grabbing their sixth goals of the season.
They return to Lincoln Saturday Football League this weekend, when they host Retford Town in a local derby clash.
Retford Town sit 10th in the table with just one win from five outings, while the Blues Club are third on 10 points.
In the David Cooper Cup on Saturday, Retford were beaten 4-0 by Horncastle Town Reserves.