Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo came up short in their bid for a 10th British Championship at the weekend.
Zak Sly and Nigel Sharpe’s men came fourth in the country after two defeats at Gloucester’s GL1 arena.
Having topped their preliminary group the Salt Ayre club lost their semi-final to hosts and last year’s champions Cheltenham 18-12 on Saturday.
Lancaster then played off for third place on Sunday but lost out on penalties to Bristol after a 19-19 draw.
City of Manchester took the title with a 17-11 win over Cheltenham.
Lancaster’s opening game against recently crowned British Water Polo League champions Cheltenham started at a frantic pace.
Joel Abbott and Tom Curwen fired Lancaster into a two-goal lead with Marc Robinson also saving two penalties at the other end.
After a 6-6 first quarter the exclusion of Alex Parsonage didn’t help the Salt Ayre side who trailed 12-9 at the break.
Lancaster never found a way back into the game as a disappointing second half saw Cheltenham seal their place in the final.
The city’s nine-time champions started their third-place play-off well, two goals from Curwen and strikes from Abbott, Scott Sharpe and Glen Robinson helping them to a 5-4 lead.
Keeping their one-goal advantage into the interval the teams continued to be evenly matched in the second half going goal for goal with the game ending 19-19.
Lancaster missed two of their penalties as Bristol took bronze and the young city side headed back north disappointed.