After seven minutes of injury time, Hull looked set to mark their return back to National 2 North with a win at Huddersfield.
Leading 22-15, Gary Pearce, Martin Webdale and their players were counting down the seconds until they could celebrate a deserved victory.
However, there was to be a late twist with the home side scoring from a catch-and-drive with Nick Sharpe being credited with the try. Joel Hinchcliffe’s conversion meant Hull returned home with a draw and not the win they thought they had.
Despite the late setback, Pearce was happy with the way his side performed on their return to the fourth tier of English rugby.
“Ultimately, I’m disappointed with the draw,” Pearce said.
“I was pleased with the way players adapted but I think we left too many points out on the pitch because I feel we deserved to have won.
“I hoped we would be able to compete and I felt we did that and we defended very well as they only broke through us once.
“The commitment was there and in the second half we looked dangerous and there seemed to be only one winner.
“There were a couple of opportunities that we failed to take and you have to give Huddersfield credit for fighting until the very end.
“Our discipline left us at the end of the game and unfortunately we were unable to see the game out.
“Maybe fatigue set in, but there are plenty of positives to build on.
“We probably would have taken two points away from home in our first game of the season, but there is bags of improvement in us.”