CAMBERLEY'S existence in National League rugby came to a sad end at Watchetts Rec on Saturday when the season ended with another heavy defeat.

With 26 matches out of 26 lost, plus a first round cup exit and over 1,100 points conceded, this is undoubtedly the worst season the club has ever had - the result of which is feeder league rugby in the London League next season.

Camberley's eight-year tenure in the top-flight of English rugby gave rugby in the area a whole new outlook, with crowds regularly reaching 600+ and top quality players putting on the black and amber shirt to add to the already-talented squad of players.

But after winning the National League division two title in 1998, Camberley sadly become victims of their own success with attempts to acquire their own ground failing and the club forcing to put several top players on lucrative contracts, which eventually led to its downfall.

The sudden death of well-respected chairman Peter Stevens came as a cruel blow, and things never recovered.

Camberley would have been relegated last year but for a promotion Play-Off game which didn't involve them, and, in the end, they failed to take their second chance. The hardened following showed up on Saturday to help spur on a rare victory, but it wasn't to be.

Struggling Tabard might have been there for the taking, but not even one last push for victory could produce anything to cheer about, going down 42-16 thus putting the seal on their whitewash season.

Preparation for the London League has started, in earnest, already, both on and off the field.

The club must appoint an experienced coach, and a lot of soul-searching must be done if the club are to enjoy more happy times.