Elland paid the price for a sloppy start and some schoolboy errors when they lost 28-12 away to Conference Division One leaders Ince Rose Bridge yesterday.
The Wigan side drew first blood in the opening 10 minutes. Their hooker made a break, threw a dummy and then passed out to a supporting player who went through four tacklers to score. Prop Kenny Baker converted.
Good attacking play from both teams was met by stern defence before a nice back-hand pass led to another converted try for Ince.
Chris Dyson made a decent break but was judged to have fallen short of the line, leaving a half time score of 12–0.
Ince Rose started with a kick through and hack forward by a player who appeared to be offside, but the third converted try for the hosts was allowed to stand.
A breakthrough on the wing took the score to 22-0 and Elland appeared to be facing a heavy defeat.
However, Elland’s man of the match Andy Shickell took a well-placed pass from Ben Anderson to stretch out and score under the posts. Chris Cullimore converted.
Elland further narrowed the gap through Cayci Pearson, who drove over following a penalty, and Pearson converted.
However, the Lancastrians had the final say with another converted try.
Elland play Normanton Knights at home in round one of the Conference Cup next Saturday.