Scarborough RUFC Valkyries skipper Cathy-Ann Myers was keen to take positives from their narrow 10-7 defeat at Ashfield.
Myers' side led a strong Ashfield side 7-5 for a lengthy period of the cup clash, but the hosts hit back to take a 10-7 win.
Myers said: "We were unlucky, but I guess when it's two well-matched teams the loser always comes off unlucky."
Ashfield got on the scoresheet first with a try from a penalty. Prior to that and for the rest of the half the Valkyries had the majority of possession, but failed to get on the scoresheet.
The away side were a little bit rusty having had a month off, and although they maintained possession, they never really threatened to score.
In the second half the visitors were a lot more composed and their try came within the first 10 minutes.
It was a real forwards effort with the whole pack getting involved making the hard yards before Bex Carr managed to ground the ball. The try was converted by Mel Halstead.
From then on the away side started to dominate and had multiple chances to extend their lead, but never managed to get over the line.
With Ashfield on the back foot, they were making lots of handling errors and mistakes, but their second try came with about 10 minutes to go, and again it was from a penalty conceded inside the Valkyries' 22.
The hosts kept their composure and managed to touch down in the corner for the crucial score of the afternoon.
After the Ashfield try, the Valkyries had a few chances, but time ran out and the away side left empty-handed.
Myers said: "We're devastated with the result. Our scrums were hugely improved, our defence was on the front foot for the whole game, considering our recent indiscipline we have improved massively, and our handling errors were minimal.
"It really came down to the small margins. To say that we had the majority of possession, dictated the pace of the game, and had Ashfield in turmoil for most of the second half, it's a real disappointment.
"Our game against Morpeth next week is postponed as their pitch is waterlogged, so our next game is Harrogate at home on Sunday January 24.
"We won the away fixture against them and will be hoping to replicate that when they come to us.
"The entire squad took today's defeat hard, but I think we all recognise how much we have improved and want to get back to winning ways."