Warrington 22 Blackburn 36

ANDY Roberts says his Warrington side were “bullied” up front by Blackburn as they slipped to back-to-back defeats.

In what was the last of four consecutive home games for the Walton Lea Road men, just five points separated the sides at half-time before the second-placed visitors stretched away.

The result leaves Warrington in sixth ahead of games against two more promotion challengers – third-place Stockport and runaway leaders Carlisle.

“We were bullied by their excellent forwards,” Roberts conceded.

“However, the lads stuck at it and the game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.

“We now face an important two weeks and I am confident that the team can step up to the plate.”

Tom Arnold skipped over to cancel out an early Blackburn try but the visiting pack flexed its muscles once again to create a carbon-copy effort to retake the lead.

Again, Warrington responded immediately as Tom Wood used his strength to crash over, with Darren Norman’s conversion taking them into the lead.

Norman kicked a penalty to stretch the advantage, but the visitors took full advantage of Clem O’Rourke’s yellow card with two quickfire efforts before the break.

Two more tries gave Blackburn a commanding 19-point lead, rendering Tom McEnniff’s late effort a mere consolation.

Warrington 2nd 24 Glossop 2nd 9

WARRINGTON’S second string were too strong for bottom side Glossop as they scored two tries in each half.

Mark Tickle and Andy Almond put the hosts in control before the break while Luke Turner and Ollie Hudson crossed in the second half.

“Although Glossop are firmly rooted at the bottom of the league, this was a good win for us,” coach Andy McBriers said.

“It seems that our combination of youth and experience is working well.”