WOOLSTON Rovers succumbed to league leaders Dewsbury Moor Maroons on Saturday to continue their losing run.

However, head coach Liam Lawton insists the convincing-looking final scoreline “doesn’t paint a fair picture” of the game as a whole.

A sole Alex Pendlebury try five minutes from full time brought about Rovers’ only points in their 30-4 loss in Yorkshire as their losing run stretched to six National Conference League Division One matches.

With the scoreline tight until the final quarter, however, Lawton was keen to take the positives and insists spirits remain high in the camp.

“The final score really doesn’t paint a fair picture of how the game went,” he said.

“They are a quality side but we really troubled them for large parts of the game without getting any reward.

“If we had been a little more clinical then we could have taken the lead early on but it wasn’t to be and they were able to build a bit of momentum in the final quarter and pull clear.

“The team spirit within the camp is really good and hopefully we can work on a few things in training before our next game in a fortnight.”

Meanwhile, it is back-to-back defeats for Crosfields as they were beaten at Leigh Miners Rangers.

Soap took an 18-16 lead into the break but the hosts fought back to win 34-22 against Rob Campbell’s side.

Crosfields had thought they had levelled the scores up with the scoreline at 28-22 when Tom Millington crossed, only for the referee to award Leigh a penalty.

However, Campbell was quick to shut down any talk of that being influential in the game’s outcome.

“Despite the bizarre decision, the referee had a decent game and was in no way to blame for the defeat. We simply weren’t good enough over the 80 minutes,” he said.

“We’ve shown we are capable of matching any team in this league.

“We’ll stand toe to toe with them and will compete – often winning – but then lose concentration, silly sinbins and penalties and find ourselves on the back foot.

“It was only 6-5 in try-scoring terms so we are just needing that little extra.”

Sam Worrall, Aaron Holliday, Jamie Abram, Corey Lee and Joe Kohe-Love were Soap’s try-scorers on the day.

Latchford Albion also fell to defeat as they lost 42-10 to defending North West Men’s League Premier Division champions Orrell St James.

Marshall Hayes and River Cole were Albion’s try-scorers, with Alex Davies putting in an impressive display at loose forward to be named the club’s man of the match.

“Ourselves and Orrell are on completely different journeys – they are the current champions and are an established squad who have been together many years,” Latchford head coach Martyn Ellis said.

“We are in a transition period with us being such a young squad, so the result was probably not the most telling part of the game.

“Our lads will hopefully gain invaluable experience from playing sides like that, which will put them in good shape for the future.

“We had some good spells and asked quite a few questions of them, and they never gave up which was pleasing to see.”