LYMM head coach Adam Fletcher praised Saturday's referee for “holding his hands up” to an error that may have cost his side victory at Alnwick.

With time running out, the visitors were incorrectly told that the score stood at 23-14 to the hosts after Alnwick had infringed at a lineout.

That meant Lymm could not win the game but could secure a losing bonus point if they kicked the resultant penalty, which they did through Cormac Nolan.

However, the correct score was actually 20-14, meaning the visitors could have set up a chance for a try to seal victory.

Lymm lost the match 20-17 and Fletcher hopes no other team will suffer the same fate.

“Obviously, we had the confusion at the end of the game with the score and the referee giving us the wrong information.

“This was a shame as it stopped us from having an opportunity to go on and win the game.

“In all fairness to the ref, he held his hands up and apologised to the whole squad post-game.

“Let’s hope the RFU can make a positive out this error so it doesn’t happen in the future.

“Now the dust has settled, we are fairly happy with a point but definitely had chances to come away with more.

“We started strongly but definitely should have had more points on the board after 15 minutes

“It probably took us too long to adapt to the narrow pitch – we were too lateral in the first half.

“Defensively we have to be more alert and stronger when teams attack from deep. We let them make too many yards.”

Cormac Nolan scored all of Lymm’s points in Northumberland as he scored a try and kicked four penalties.

Lymm host Wirral on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Lymm: Gav Woods, James Pitcher, Matty Hand, Joe Watson, Aaron Rasheed, Adam Bray, Rory Riddell, Ali Sutherland; Tom Bray, Alfie Simpson; George Norman, Ben Stansfield, James Kimber, Joe Senior, Cormac Nolan. Subs: Rhys Jones, Will Baldwin, Jordan Widdrington