WARRINGTON rugby union team paid the price for a lethargic start in a 36-20 loss at Aspull.

They trailed 33-0 at the interval and, even with the wind at their backs in the second half, left themselves with too much to do.

The improvement was largely down to quicker service from the breakdown and receivers running on to the ball instead of taking it stationary.

Warrington’s second-half renaissance began early with a short-range try from scrum-half Charlie Hughes capitalising on yards gained by the elusive Luke Turner on the wing.

Turner added his own try just five minutes later, winning the chase for the touch down of full-back Almond’s grubber kick.

A superb kick deep into the Aspull 22 from Beeley laid the foundation for Warrington’s third try.

From the resultant five-metre scrum, No8 Dan Fleming picked and drove over for 33-15.

Johnny Evans added Warrington’s bonus-point try with 15 minutes to go but hopes of victory began to fade when Aspull took possession from the back of a line-out and muscled their way into Warrington’s 22.

Back-rower Will Morgan put in a try-saving tackle but hopes were extinguished when a converted penalty took the gap to three scores with less than five minutes remaining.