ROTHERHAM Titans' hopes of going into this weekend's crucial National One relegation scrap against Birmingham Moseley with a win fell just short at Cambridge.
Despite another improved showing, Titans were beaten 25-21 at Grantchester Road on the same day that nearest rivals Birmingham Moseley took five points from a bonus point win against Cinderford.
It means 11 points separate the sides ahead of Saturday's clash at Clifton Lane.
After Cambridge took an early grip by scoring two tries, Titans hit back when Ben Robbins went over for a try converted by Hollingsworth.
Moments later Hollingsworth was sent to cool his heels in the sin bin for a technical offence but Rotherham held firm until shipping a third try five minutes before the break.
Cambridge's failure to convert any of their touchdowns left their lead at 15-7 at the turn-around.
A length-of-the-field score from scrum-half Sam Boxhall, converted by Hollingsworth, began Rotherham's revival and when replacment prop Harry Newborn nipped in for a cheeky score after Titans took a short lineout, Hollingsworth's extras had them 21-15 ahead.
Chasing a fourth straight win, Cambridge scored two late tries to re-claim the lead but Rotherham were camped on the home line when the final whistle blew on a frustrating defeat, their 13th of the season.
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