CROSFIELDS are off the mark with their first win in National Conference League One.

Soap bagged a convincing win over Ince Rose Bridge 36-0, with man-of-the-match Jordan Williams, Corey Lee and Taylor Boyne each crossing for a brace of tries and Luke Walker also getting on the scoresheet with a try and four conversions.

“That was much more like it from us," said head coach Matt Wilson, whose side had lost heavily at West Bowling in the season opener the week before.

"We got some big middle bodies back which really helped us.

"We tweaked things in the week with how we defend in yardage and the lads went out and executed that plan with a shut out.

"I thought Jordan Williams was outstanding, Joe Clarke worked so hard and Luke walker just showed what an asset he will be at any level."

Crosfields A won 36-10 at Blackpool Scorpions in the North West Men's League.

Latchford Albion started their 2023 NWML Premier Division campaign with a hard-fought 20-14 victory over Heysham Atoms on Saturday.

With four players on debut, and testing conditions, it took Albion a while to gel and they found themselves 10-0 down at the break with the hosts registering two tries and one conversion.

A great team talk from the Latchford coaching staff saw them move focus to completing sets, which was fully adhered to, as the hosts completed 16 sets out of 16 in the second half which ultimately put them in a position to secure victory.

Albion's comeback started on 45 minutes, when scrum half Matty Ellis spotted a gap in the Heysham defence and dummied his way over by the posts, with Rob Marsh completing.

The hosts kicked a penalty shortly after to extend their lead to six points.

Latchford were quickly back on the scoresheet, however, when fast hands across the line saw Robbie Harper squeeze in at the corner.

On the hour mark Albion hit the front for the first time.

Again the ball was moved at pace across the line, but this time rather than passing to Harper, Sam Dobson cleverly dummied his way through the oncoming defence.

On 65 minutes the hosts levelled the score at 14-14, with a second penalty of the half.

The next score was to be crucial and it came the visitors' way.

Following some good field position created by props Jack Foulkes and Jack Sherratt, Niall Taylor sent a reverse pass to loose forward Ben Harper, who got on the outside of his man and crossed near the posts, Marsh adding the conversion.

Heysham laid siege to the Albion line in the closing stages but a well organised defence, marshalled by man-of-the-match Charlie Groarke, saw the visitors hold on for a great victory.

This Saturday sees Latchford on their travels again when they face Orrell St James, kick off 2.30pm.

Woolston Rovers A began their new season with a 32-10 home victory over Leigh Miners Rangers A in NWML Division Two.

Rovers opened the scoring after just two minutes when good play from second row Tom Fagan saw him find stand off Craig Lawton who sent second row Sam Vernon over for a try. Scrum half Chris Forster converted and then five minutes later Forster found prop forward Ryan Palin in support to score between the posts. Forster added the conversion.

Just before the midway point of the half Miners got on the scoreboard when a kick by stand off Josh Aldred was collected by second row Ralph Wood and he found winger Jacob Farrimond to score in the left corner. Scrum half Isaac Hewitt added the conversion.

Ten minutes later Rovers worked the ball out from a scrum to winger Kieran Jones and his great pass found loose forward Scott Whiteley who scored in the left corner and then shortly afterwards substitute Sean Boyle found Forster and his excellent ball put full back James Tarpey through to score at the left of the posts. Forster added the conversion.

Right on the stroke of half time Miners narrowed the gap when Farrimond went over in the left corner to make the interval score 22-10 to Rovers.

Four minutes into the second half Rovers went over for their fifth try when centre Alex Pendlebury scored in the right corner and then with nine minutes remaining an inside ball from Forster found Whiteley who went over for his second try. Forster added the conversion to complete the win.

The man of the match was awarded to Rovers stand off Craig Lawton. He was very well supported by loose forward Scott Whiteley and scrum half Chris Forster.

After the game Rovers A coach Liam Lawton said: “That was a great start to our season.

Having moved up to Division Two we knew that the quality of opposition would improve so I am delighted that we have opened our campaign with a win.

"I thought we controlled the game really well and fully deserved the victory. Our defence was really good and when we had the ball we were a threat all afternoon.”

Rovers A: James Tarpey; Kieran Jones, Alex Pendlebury, Craig Woolvine, Simon Bishop; Craig Lawton, Chris Forster; Sam Roberts, Jack Hancock, Ryan Palin, Sam Vernon, Tom Fagan, Scott Whiteley. Subs: Sean Boyle, Ben Crewe, Andy Addison, Rudi Stewart