Pinner & Grammarians' promotion aspirations may have taken a body blow despite them being awarded victory on Saturday after their opponents Hayes failed to raise a team.
The visitors arrived at Shaftsbury Playing Fields with just six players for the Herts/Middlesex Division Four clash, prompting both parties to agree to a hastily-arranged practice session.
Hayes' failure to provide a full team handed Pinner a scoreless victory, which despite handing them a league point did nothing to enhance their points difference in the table.
And it was not just the Pinner players and managers who were left disappointed by the set-back.
Many former players and guests attended the President's Lunch before the game was scheduled to take place, including Harrow mayor and mayoress John and Joyce Nick-olay, Fred Runnacres, who was the last president of Pinner RFC and the first of Pinner & Grammarians RFC when the clubs merged 40 years ago, and David Hudgell, life vice-president of Middlesex RFU.
The mayor, a former Old Gaytonian player, presented club president David Hiles with a certificate in recognition of its contribution to community sport in Harrow.
He praised the work of the committee in keeping the club active through difficult times and their future plans to extend the pavilion to accommodate its thriving mini-rugby section.
Around 150 of the club's youngsters, meanwhile, braved the mud and cold when the hosts met neighbours Harrow RFC on Sunday.
The U12s trailed five tries to nil at half time, but produced a stirring comeback, crossing the line four times but being unable to find a fifth.
Pinner U11s lost their first match 4-2 before drawing the second, while the U10s had a mixed practice session. The U9s won one and drew the other game and the U8s won 6-3 and drew 5-5.