A FOUR-TRY haul from Charlie McCurrie proved in vain as Latchford fell to a disappointing 40-30 defeat at Hindley on Saturday.

Albion started strongly and opened the scoring on five minutes when McCurrie barged his way over, Rob March adding the extras.

Ill-discipline and handling errors crept into Latchford's game, and the hosts fully exploited this, hitting a purple patch to register 24 points without reply in a devastating 20-minute spell, leaving the visitors stunned and facing an uphill struggle.

Shortly before half-time, Albion got themselves a foothold on the game when Charlie Groarke raced over from dummy half, again Marsh converting, and at half-time Latchford still had a lot of work to do.

As with the first half, the visitors started the brighter and within five minutes of the restart the deficit was reduced to six points when McCurrie crossed and March added the extras.

With the game in the balance the next score was to be vital and unfortunately for Albion it was the hosts who regained control of the game with three quickfire tries.

Two further tries from the unstoppable McCurrie, both converted by Marsh, brought Latchford within 10 pints of the hosts.

However, they could not get any closer and the hosts held on for the victory.

This Saturday sees Latchford again on their travels when they visit Haresfinch, kick-off 2.30pm.