DISCIPLINE let Warrington down badly on Saturday as once again, they could not turn a promising display into points.

Three sin-binnings reduced Andy Roberts’ side to 12 men at one point and visitors Northwich were ruthless in taking advantage to rack up a 33-22 win at Grappenhall Sports Club.

They trailed by 23 points early in the second half but once they were back to a full complement of players, mounted a stirring fightback through a brace of Chris White tries.

That added to a first-half score from Alex Stewart and while they hunted a fourth try that would have brought two valuable bonus points, their efforts were in vain.

“Lack of discipline was, obviously, a major factor in our losing this game,” Roberts acknowledged.

“But some of the rugby we played was outstanding and we were perhaps a little unlucky not to convert some of the chances we had.”

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The seconds also had a tough day at the office as having just about raised a team of 13, they were thrashed 58-0 by Macclesfield’s thirds.

However, skipper Dom Hastings remained upbeat.

“Whilst this was on paper a proper spanking, I could not be any more proud and thankful to everyone that pulled on a Warrington shirt,” he said.

“We had 9 players available on Friday and were in a real danger of forfeiting, we managed to get 13 Warrington players on the pitch and we held our heads high all game.”

The firsts visit Altrincham Kersal on Saturday while the seconds are at home to Fylde’s thirds.