Havant brought the curtain down on their London one south campaign with a 31-10 defeat at promotion-chasing Chobham.
Senior coach Will Knight admitted the Hooks Lane side were second-best, particularly in the opening half as the home side raced into a 26-0 lead.
The visitors improved in the second period.
But they were well beaten by the end.
Knight said: ‘Chobham still had a lot to play for and they made sure they did their stuff.
‘They had terrific pace on the wing and they exploited that to the full.
‘We didn’t play badly but their left-winger in particular was the difference between the two teams.
‘Having Harrison Young harshly yellow-carded in the first half didn’t help.
‘In the second half we came back into it a lot more but the damage had been done by then.
‘Chobham described it as the biggest game in their recent history and it mattered a lot more to them.
‘There was a big home crowd and they got behind their team urging them on.’
Havant started to play in a more relaxed manner in the second period.
They soon reaped their rewards with winger Jay Wilks finishing off a good team try.
A terrific break by back-row forward Steve Cruddas, who intercepted and raced 40 metres upfield, led to a second Havant try, scored by Ed Wilks.
A final try for the home side, 20 minutes from time, ended the spirited Havant comeback and ensured the hosts a play-off game.
Knight and his Havant team are now looking forward to the Hampshire Cup final at Gosport & Fareham on Saturday.
‘The players came off taking a lot of positives,’ said Knight.
‘Our scrummage functioned very well and we will look to go into the final in good shape.
‘We also expect to have a few more players available and we are all looking forward immensely to the occasion.
‘It will be nice to go over to Gosport and end our season in style by winning the cup.’