CROSFIELDS picked up their first win of 2021 on Saturday – and coach Dave Boden says it was among the best he has been involved with.

Leigh Miners Rangers were beaten 28-22 at Hood Lane, with Matt Barber and Morgan Williams among the scorers.

“That was as good a win that I’ve been involved in for years,” Boden said.

“A very young side that are improving every week – it really is an exciting time going forward.”

Meanwhile, Woolston Rovers were beaten for the first time this season, going down 32-26 at Oldham St Annes.

Adam Files crossed twice for the Green and Golds, with Karlton Bates, Wil Maudsley and Cameron Davies also getting over the whitewash.

“It was a disappointing result for us, losing our unbeaten start,” head coach Mal Holt said.

“We were undone in a similar fashion to our last couple of visits – it is a small pitch and the penalty count was against us and that allowed them to kick us to death and pen us into our own half for long periods.

“We never gave up and were always in the gam,e but we couldn’t get the control we wanted to pull clear when we were on top.

“To be fair, it was a great game of rugby on a hot afternoon and the five changes we had to make from last week seemed to unsettle us early on.

“I was proud of the way we kept plugging away and we will learn from this.”

Latchford Albion’s long wait for a home fixture continues – their scheduled game at Victoria Park on Saturday was postponed as opponents Widnes Moorfield Tigers could not raise a team.

They travel to Dalton this weekend aiming to continue their perfect start to the North West Men’s League Division One campaign.

“Travelling to Cumbria is never an easy task, and we know how difficult a game this is going to be against a very tough side,” head coach Martyn Ellis said.

“I have full confidence in my side that, if we play to the level that we have done so far this season, that there’s no reason why we can’t fetch the two points home with us.“

In Division Three, the Warrington ‘derby’ at Monk Sports Club went the way of the hosts, with Woolston Rovers A beating neighbours Culcheth Eagles 22-16 while Crosfields A were beaten 22-0 at Salford City Roosters.

Division Four saw Burtonwood Bridge pick up a 36-14 win at Langworthy Reds while Burtonwood Chargers beat Ashton Bears A 32-10 in Division Five South & East.

Saturday’s fixtures (kick off 2.30pm unless stated):

National Conference League:

League C: Crosfields vs Saddleworth Rangers, Wigan St Patricks vs Woolston Rovers

North West Men’s League:

Division One: Dalton vs Latchford Albion

Division Three: Culcheth Eagles vs Wigan Bulldogs, Leigh East A vs Crosfields A, Woolston Rovers A vs Rochdale Mayfield A

Division Four: Garswood Stags vs Burtonwood Bridge

Division Five S&E: Burtonwood Chargers vs Waterhead Warriors A