Borough were well beaten when entertaining Midlands Division Two East (South) leaders Melton Mowbray at Fengate on Saturday.
They were outgunned in most departments by superior opposition and lost 41-20.
But on the positive side they showed plenty of fighting spirit to score two tries in the last five minutes to claim a bonus point.
And with Michael Cade, Rob Jacobs, George Offer, Adam Kimber and Ben Crooks all absent, several second teamers were given the opportunity to show what they were made of.
And on that front winger Tom Stuffins and second row Stefan Almond can be pleased with their efforts.
Speedy Stuffuns crossed for two of Borough’s tries - both from long range - while Almond capped an impressive all-round display by scoring the fourth and final try to secure the bonus point.
Tough-tackling centre Owain Pearce was the other Borough try-scorer.
Former Peterborough Lions flanker Rob Shingles was the star of the show for Oundle in their 55-15 win at St Ives - a result that puts them five points clear at the top of the Midlands Division Three East (South) table.
He crossed for five tries, including a hat-trick in 10 minutes in the second half.
Saad Sait and Joe Sagoe were two more ex-Lions men to stand out. Sait’s powerful running wreaked havoc in the Saints defence all afternoon while full-back Sagoe crossed for a cracking try.
Stamford’s fine start to their Midlands Division Two East (North) campaign continued as they won 31-12 at home to Mansfield. They are top of the division with three wins from four games.
Steve Taylor scored two of their five tries and Laurent Ross, yet another ex-Lions man, excelled at scrum-half.
The win was marred by an injury to prop Gareth Ramseden. He suffered a broken ankle.