ST Cuthbert’s slumped to a disappointing 46-16 home defeat to Crosfields in their NCL Division Three fixture.
Crosfields took full advantage of the elements in the first half and were able to repeatedly pen the home side in their own half.
The only bright spot for St Cuthbert’s came in the 20th minute when second row forward Ryan Ashall supported Riley’s break through the Crosfields defence to score a well worked try.
St Cuthbert’s had to overcome a 30-4 half-time deficit but to their credit they tightened their defences and after falling further behind to a 45th-minute try they replied with two converted tries of their own.
On the hour mark Ashall broke through the Crosfields cover before racing 40 yards to score a fine individual try.
To complete the scoring, in the 77th minute, centre Earl Hurst latched on to Riley’s kick to the line to score which Riley also converted.
St Cuthbert’s were best served by the efforts of Ashall, Hurst and Riley.
Elsewhere in the National Conference League, Wigan St Jude’s won their first game since being promoted to the top flight with a 38-26 victory at home to East Hull.
A Thomas hat-trick and Robinson brace were complimented with tries from King and Taberner. Thomas and Robinson shared the goal kicking duties