YORK City Knights fell out of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup after a heartbreaking 31-28 fourth-round defeat away to Swinton.
A Ben Dent try with eight minutes left levelled the scores for the Knights but Benn Hardcastle could not convert from the touchline.
Instead, Championship side Swinton won it with the boot at the other end, Jacque Peet kicking a penalty with three minutes left and stand-off Chris Atkin sealing victory with a last-minute drop goal, to set up a home tie with Keighley in round five.
The Knights opened the scoring within 60 seconds as captain Jack Lee got over from acting-half, James Haynes adding the first of his four conversions.
Swinton, however, levelled through Darren Hawkyard, with Peet adding the first of his four conversions. Lee Paterson put the Knights back ahead, but three tries in six minutes put the home team in command.
Kash Watkins, Peet and second-row Hawkyard, with his second, made it 22-12 at the interval.
The Knights looked out of touch but Hardcastle’s solo try got them back into it, and, with their tails now up, Pat Smith put them ahead with a try.
A controversial Atkin try from a kick – a touch judge disallowed it, either for obstruction or for bouncing the ball down, but referee Jamie Bloem overruled him – inched Swinton back in front, only for Dent to level.
But then came Swinton’s late points to break York’s hearts.
Swinton: R Hawkyard, Warrilow, Peet, Halliwell, Walker, Atkin, Watson, Menzies, Ackers, M Morrison, Watkins, D Hawkyard, Brown. Substitutes: Hulme, Johnson, Worthington, Nanyn.
York: Haynes , Elliott , Ford , Morland, B Dent, P Smith, Presley, Bell, Lee, Aldous, Golden, E Smith, Paterson. Substitutes: B Hardcastle, Mallinder, Morrison, Joynt
Referee: Jamie Bloem (RFL).