A STUNNING recovery proved in vain for Warrington RUFC as their search for a first win of the season continues.

Altrincham Kersal kicked a penalty in the closing seconds to secure a 25-22 victory at Monk Sports Club after Warrington had wiped out a 17-point deficit.

Only points difference keeps Andy Roberts’ side off the bottom of the North One West table, but the head coach was filled with hope by his side’s fightback

“It seems that the reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated,” he said.

“We are still very much a work in progress but the indomitable spirit shown by the lads today shows me that this squad can get even better.”

Having found themselves 17-0 down, Max Caldwell’s try in the corner earned Warrington a critical foothold before the break.

Altrincham were the next to score but the comeback really started when Ollie Hudson sprinted more than 80 metres to touch down having picked up a loose ball.

Darren Norman’s penalty then reduced the gap to seven points before he then scored the try and conversion to bring the scores level.

Warrington repelled five consecutive five-yard scrums in the closing stages but Altrincham were eventually awarded the penalty that broke home hearts.

Warrington travel to Wilmslow on Saturday, kick off 2.15pm.

Meanwhile, Warrington's seconds had a better time of it as they won 37-10 at Fylde's thirds.

New recruit Harry Stevens shone as he scored four tries, with Luke Turner also crossing while Andy Almond kicked two conversions and a penalty as Warrington climbed to second in NOWIRUL Division One.

“A great team effort,” enthused skipper Craig Byrne.

“Our defence in the first half was awesome and our attack in the second half was clinical.

"It’s great to see that we are now second in the league."