Teddington’s club captain Fergus Farrell reckons his side’s 21-19 defeat at home to Old Alleynians shows huge progression since the start of the season.
A last-gasp penalty miss by fly-half Josh Pembersey saw Teddington’s losing streak extended to 15 games.
It also virtually sealed relegation from London Division Two South West as they sit bottom of the table, 17 points off safety.
Farrell said: “The result is promising given we lost by a 50-point deficit to them earlier in the season.
“To only lose by two points shows the progress we have made, and we only lost because we squandered a first-half lead and missed a few points off the boot.”
Farrell insisted the future is bright at the club with a number of colts coming through, and a new clubhouse due to be completed before the season’s end.
“Looking forward we want to retain the young lads we’ve brought through the colts, and maybe do some scouting too in order to rebuild,” he added.
But Farrell conceded: “It will be very difficult for us to stay up now, but given our recent form there is no reason we can’t go and win a few of our last games – so you never know.”
One of Teddington’s promising youngsters, Aidan Fahey, grabbed two tries from the wing in the defeat to Alleynians, with Pembersey going over for the other.
Teddington go to Weybridge Vandals this weekend, while neighbours Twickenham, without a match last weekend, go to Hammersmith & Fulham in London Division Two North West.