CROSFIELDS’ fine start to the campaign continued on Saturday, with head coach Rob Campbell saying he “couldn’t ask for more” from his players.

A late Alex Clutterbuck try – complete with Elliot Liku’s conversion – secured a narrow 22-20 win at Hull Dockers in National Conference League Division One.

Liku kicked three goals in all while Jack Nolan touched down for his first NCL try, with Nathan Taylor and Sam Worrall also touching down.

The result keeps Soap in second spot in the table behind only perfect starters Dewsbury Moor Maroons, and Campbell was keen to express his pride post-match.

“I couldn’t ask for more today,” he said.

“Things were stacking against us all week and it looked ominous when we had to switch to another pitch to allow the game to go ahead.

“It was wet, small, heavy and had very long grass, which doesn’t suit our preferred style of play but the lads didn’t complain and just knuckled down to the job in hand.

“I thought our tackling and defence was on point today. I have so many positives it’s hard to single some out but Tom Millington was a pack leader today and deserved MOM (man of the match).

“We were superb and it was a very emotional full-time whistle but this team brings out emotion in you – it’s the team to be in at the moment.”

Soap are not in league action this weekend but are trying to arrange a friendly fixture. Their next Division One match sees Clock Face Miners make the short trip to Hood Lane on Saturday, May 4.

Meanwhile, Latchford Albion are still waiting for their first win of the North West Men’s League Premier Division season having fallen victim to a strong second-half performance from visitors Ashton Bears on Friday night.

Martyn Ellis’ side led 12-10 at half time at Victoria Park thanks to two well-taken tries – Charlie Groarke dived over from dummy-half to give them a flying start before Ben Harper broke from Matty Ellis’ flat pass and found Louis Norton in support to score, with Jack Phillips converting both tries.

However, a purple patch of 16 unanswered points in the 15 minutes after half time proved fatal, with another converted try putting Ashton into further command.

Latchford did at least finish the scoring as Cameron Davies pounced on Nathan Bond’s grubber kick to score, but it proved a mere consolation as they fell to a 32-16 defeat.