Kinsley Hotel Raiders ARLFC lost 15-8 at home to second-placed Crigglestone All Blacks in Saturday’s Pennine League Division Three East game.
It was Kinsley’s fourth defeat in five league matches this season.
They will look to bounce back this Saturday when they visit Hanging Heaton.
They competed strongly against Crigglestone in a game played in difficult conditions.
Credit must go referee Neil Horton who made his debut at any level of rugby league and handled the match well.
The slope at Kinsley was always going to be a factor and Crigglestone crossed first when Alex Brooke off-loaded in heavy traffic for Henry Firth to cross. Danny Barnes added the extras.
All Blacks attempted to play their usual open game and Kinsley played to their strength, making use of their large pack.
Kinsley fell further behind when, from a scrum on the home 10 yard line, Liam McGuire kicked into open space for Martin Brookes to touch down out wide.
The visitors added a further first half score when Callum French powered over and brother Declan converted.
Kinsley pounded the Crigglestone line in the second half and were rewarded with two unconverted tries.
Crigglestone were unable to add to their score in the second period but they held out for a hard-earned win in an entertaining game.