The boots of Connor Hammerstone and Christian Brown proved vital as New Milton defeated Bournemouth seconds 29-22.
New Milton left the field caked in mud and carrying a sense of disbelief at how they had failed to beat Oakmedians and progress to the next round.
Fresh from picking up the league title, Ellingham & Ringwood destroyed East Dorset Dockers to move into the next round of the Papa John's Cup.
Ellingham & Ringwood held their nerve to win the Counties Two Hampshire league on the final day of the season with victory over Fordingbridge.
Ellingham & Ringwood kept their title charge going with a 69-7 victory over Chichester seconds to set up a league-deciding derby with Fordingbridge.
Ellingham & Ringwood are still on target to take the Counties 2 Hampshire title – but will have to take maximum points for their last two games.
It's now a waiting game for New Milton who finished the season top of the table with a convincing win – but could still be overtaken.
New Milton provided a feast of tries in their final home match of the season, extending their lead at the top of the table.
A superb Ellingham & Ringwood triumph over New Milton kept their slim title hopes alive while dealing a significant blow to their local rivals.
The match ended midway through the second half when the score became too one-sided, New Milton having racked up 112.
Ellingham & Ringwood were forced to make six changes for this rescheduled league fixture thanks to some being at Twickenham to watch England.
New Milton returned to winning ways at the perfect time, sealing a narrow victory over second-placed Bognor to go six points clear at the top.
Ellingham & Ringwood won their third game in a row to maintain their grip on fourth place, with games in hand on all their nearest rivals.
New Milton suffered a miserable day at the office in losing to a dominant US Portsmouth, their second defeat since the restart.
After a disappointing defeat the previous week, a determined New Milton RFC seconds defeated Ventnor 38-14 after travelling to the Isle of Wight.