Sheffield Tigers fell behind quickly to the visiting Caldy and despite playing a strong game with a weakened side, they eventually fell to a 37-10 defeat.
The result leaves the Tigers 11th in the National League Two North table - but the Dore Moor side should not be disheartened as the scoreline flattered the visiting league leaders.
The Tigers will be aiming to return to good form when they travel west to face Preston Grasshoppers on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Sheffield RUFC returned to the top of the National League Three Midlands division with an impressive 22-13 win over promotion-chasing Sandbach.
The Abbeydale side are two points clear at the top of the table and will want to carry their fine form into their next game against mid-table Towcestrians.
Sheffield’s director of rugby Jason Soden said: “It was a good game but it was very much a game of two halves.
“We dominated the first half and we thought we were going to rack up a huge scoreline.
“But after half time they lost a player to a yellow card and, strangely, going down to 14 men really galvanised them.
“It was good from them, they never gave up and we let them back into the game with some poor decisions.
“We allowed them to score but more importantly we allowed them to stay in the game when it should have been a 30 or 40 point win.
“We missed out on the bonus point which is a real shame as we would love to increase the lead we have at the top of the table.
“However, we are still top and if someone had said to me that we would be in this position at the start of the season I would have jumped at the chance.
“The main downside I see from the match is that we are not playing as consistently as I would have hoped.
“For large periods of the match we looked unbeatable but we need to ensure we keep a constant high performance throughout.
“The players know they did not perform as well as they could have done.
“They are annoyed that we have a break this Saturday because, even though they won the game, they want to put the mistakes they made in the match right and play at a higher level in our next match.
“We are pleased with the win but deep down inside we know we could have done far better.”