LYMM failed to register a try or a league point from a match for the first time this season in a 21-3 loss at Ilkley.

While the scoreline provided the Yorkshire side their biggest win of the campaign so far, it also represented Lymm’s biggest defeat.

The RFU North Premier result sees Lymm remain second, level on points with Harrogate, ahead of this Saturday’s visit to 11th-placed Kirkby Lonsdale.

Lymm, who were missing Oli Higginson and Rich McEvoy but were bolstered through the return from injury of Joe Denman, led 3-0 at the break playing into a stiff breeze on a pitch that had been smothered with four tonnes of sand in the days leading up to the contest.

While Ilkley only once got into the Lymm 22 in the first 40 minutes, Lymm were uncharacteristically lateral in their attacking endeavours which the home defence looked relatively comfortable dealing with.

Lymm were held up over the line twice and Nolan turned down a couple of penalty opportunities in the conditions on top of the one that he landed from 25 metres.

Ilkley were reinvigorated after the break and took a 7-3 lead with a converted try that followed a spell of pressure on the Lymm line.

The score stayed that way until the 65th minute when a Lymm missed tackle in midfield allowed the Ilkley scrum half to scamper over and late on the hosts added a third try.

Lymm: Gav Woods, Dan Horton, Matty Hand, Joe Watson, James Yates, Adam Bray, Jake Ashall, Sam Mullarkey, Andy Davies, Scott Redfern, Ali Sutherland, James Kimber, Tom Bray, Joe Denman, Cormac Nolan. Replacements: Aaron Rasheed, Matty Connelly, Tom Shard.

Lymm’s seconds bowed out of the League Cup at the quarter finals stage with a 41-5 defeat at higher-league Chester seconds.

On a muddy pitch, which was to the advantage of Chester’s heavier set of forwards, the game was quite close for the first 20 minutes until Lymm were suddenly down to 13 men after two yellow cards.

In this period the Premiership-topping home side scored 21 points.

Lymm had two tries disallowed and their only reward was an unconverted try by James Lewis.

Lymm: Luke Richards, Jorge Reynolds, Josh Davies, James Robinson, Jake Davies, Rhys Jones, Tom Baker, Jack Harper, James Lewis, Rory Riddell, Nick Ashton, Henry Baldwin, Kieran O’Callaghan, James Pitcher, Jordan Widdrington. Replacements: Josh Hamer, Reece Forrest, Adam Halford.

On Saturday Lymm’s seconds are at home to Rochdale’s seconds, kick-off 2.15pm.