A severely depleted Tring Corinthians side tumbled out of the Anagram Records Trophy after a 2-1 defeat against a very good Haringey outfit.
Tring went 2-0 down in the first half, but showed heart after the break to pull a goal back through the impressive Levi Yearwood.
The game kicked off late, as a no-show official and problems with the nets took centre stage and this delay looked to have affected the visitors as they went two down inside the first 20 minutes.
Failure to press the ball saw a hopeful looking delivery into box frilled home to make it 1-0 to Haringey, before a long range effort crept into the corner for 2-0.
It was looking like it would be a long afternoon for Corries, but as the half wore on, the visitors started to find a foothold in the match.
Young Alix Cattermole pressed down the right and the exciting Ben Gomm probed the left as Tring looked dangerous on the flanks.
Corries came out with more confidence in the second period and the introduction of Louis Fernandes gave the visitors more of a presence in the middle of the park.
The hosts, meanwhile, struck the post and had a golden opportunity to make it three, when a combination of Paul Jeffs and Kerry Gordon were harshly adjudged to have brought down an onrushing striker inside the box. However justice was served when the penalty was ballooned over the bar.
Steve Harris was causing Haringey issues, as he linked with the experienced Mick Swaysland and twice broke through, only just failing to beat the keeper in the race for a through-ball.
Calum Ayres entered the fray as Corries looked for a deserved goal as the minutes seeped away.
The visitors were awarded a free-kick out on the right and Yearwood stepped up and mis-kicked, only to see the ball deceive the keeper and hit the back of the net.
However, with the clock run down, there wasn’t enough time for Corries to apply any sustained pressure and the visitors exited the competition.
Manager Simon Lacey said: “No club at this level can sustain 10 absentees, and our injury list shows you how unlucky we are being this season.
“However, it’s easy to focus on who wasn’t here and forget who was. And to a man, I’m proud of this performance, because it would be easy to roll over and feel sorry for ourselves, yet everyone stepped up and worked extremely hard.
“We fielded two teenagers today and neither looked out of place. That bodes very well for the rest of the season and I can’t wait for next weekend and the visit of Old Bradwell.”