Padiham crashed out of the FA Cup after going down 3-1 to Northern League side Penrith at Frenchfield Park on Saturday.
A subdued performance - that cost the Storks a substantial pot of prize money and a chance to progress further in the country’s premier competition - frustrated everyone connected with the club, including the supporters who had endured a 200-mile round trip to attend the tie.
Little happened in the opening 20 minutes of the encounter.
But gradually the hosts, who had scored 20 goals in their opening six games, got on top.
As the game crept up to the half-hour mark the home side broke the deadlock when Steven Rigg muscled his way in to the six-yard box and headed in a Curtis Woods corner.
Padiham conceded a second goal in the 40th minute, after another corner caused problems in the visiting defence and Martyn Coleman headed past Storks keeper Sean Davis to give Penrith a 2-0 lead at the interval.
Half-time came and went, but nothing changed on the pitch.
And when Penrith substitute Phil Storey scored with his first touch in the 77th minute, the Storks’ cup run was effectively over.
Late efforts from Sam Morris and Ben Allen tested Penrith keeper Jonny Jamieson, who had been a spectator up to that point.
But as full-time approached, Padiham did grab a consolation as Wayne Morrison flicked on a Mark Sharples corner for Kieran Pickup to turn in at the far post.
Steve Wilkes’ side travel to Mossley tonight for a Dootson Cup tie, with kick-off at 7-45 p.m.
Elsewhere, Padiham Reserves went down to a heavy North West Counties Reserve Division defeat to Irlam.
The visitors prevailed 4-0 with goals coming from Lewis Rathbone, Zac Jordan, Ryan McDonagh and Christian Lawlor.
Padiham Under 18s also lost their local derby with Nelson in the East Lancashire Alliance Youth League at the Arbories.
Joe Horsfall and Liam Stacey scored Padiham’s goals in the 3-2 loss.