WOOLSTON Rovers ended their losing run in fine style on Friday night.

They went into their clash with high-flying Ince Rose Bridge on a six-match losing run, which looked set to continue when the visitors, who had won their previous five games, raced into a 12-0 lead.

However, what followed was an excellent Woolston response with Alex Pendlebury’s hat-trick of tries helping them to a 32-24 victory.

James Tarpey scored twice, with Ryan Palin also on the scoresheet as Rovers secured their first win under head coach Liam Lawton.

Now, he hopes the result can spur them into a good run of form as they look to climb the National Conference League Division One table.

“I am absolutely delighted that we got back to winning ways in such a difficult game,” Lawton said.

“Ince have been the form team in the league over the past two months, winning their previous five games, so for us to beat them was a great achievement and will hopefully give us confidence for the rest of the season.

“Even though we went 12-0 behind early on, we never panicked or lost focus and gradually we started to turn the screw and get the upper hand.

“We had a few players back which made all the difference, and the strength from the bench really did help us to remain on the front foot.”

Woolston: James Tarpey; Alex Pendlebury, Callum Harnett-Smy, Ben Dixon, Ben Roberts; Craig Lawton, Sean Kelly; Ben Crewe, Adam Files, Jackson Phillips, Kieran Moore, Dan Fearnley, Harry Files. Subs: Ethan Jones, Andy Addison, Ryan Palin, Jake Proudlove