ROTHERHAM Titans' National One survival hopes remain alive despite suffering their 18th defeat of the season at the weekend.
On course for a bonus point win over Bishops Stortford at Clifton Lane with less than ten minutes to go, they shipped a late try to lose 31-24.
Disappointment at the loss was eased with news that fourth-bottom Birmingham Moseley had been pipped 13-12 by Cambridge.
And with Rotherham collecting two points to Moseley's one, the gap between the two teams has been trimmed to four points.
Coach Steve Salvin told the Advertiser: "We didn't play very well. Particularly in the first half, we were ill disciplined and the workrate I have come to know from this group over the last seven or eight games I didn't feel was at the level it has been.
"We still scored four tries and were ten minutes away from a five-point win but we weren't able to hold on.
"It is frustrating but the reality is we got what we deserved. It was our own fault.
"Having said that, we are still very much in with a chance and looking forward to the remaining few games."
Number eight Anthony Maka scored two of Rotherham's tries. Kieran Frost and Harry Whitfield also went over and Sam Hollingsworth slotted two conversions.
Now all eyes will be on Heywood Road on Thursday night when Moseley play their game in hand away to Sale FC.
Rotherham have a weekend off before their next fixture away to Cinderford on Saturday week.