Shaw Cross Sharks suffered a first defeat of the season in a scrappy contest at Ince Rose Bridge.
The Sharks got their NCL campaign off to the perfect start last week against Clock Face Miners, but fell to a narrow defeat on their first away trip of the year.
In cold, windy conditions, Cross took an early lead with winger Tom Stuckey going over after ten minutes for a 4-0 lead.
However, Peter Valentine and Danny Dainty both scored in the space of five minutes for the home side as they went into the break four points in front.
Chris Boylan got the first points of the second half for Ince Rose Bridge in the 52nd minute, with Danny Cassidy adding the extras.
And despite the Sharks’ best efforts, the contest was effectively over when Robbie Valentine crossed with twelve minutes to go and the conversion took the score to 20-4.
Shaw Cross saw Luke Hudson sent to the bin for the final ten minutes of the match, although they managed to score a consolation try nonetheless with centre Callum Barker touching down late on.
Updated 16:40 - 9 Mar 2019 by Stephen Ibbetson