DEWSBURY CELTIC lost out to fellow National Conference League Division Two strugglers Wigan St Judes 34-26 at Crow Nest Park.
Three tries in the first 11 minutes from Connor Parkinson, Gavin Roden (the first of a hat-trick) and Parkinson again made it 18-0 to the visitors.
Roden then added two more in a four-minute spell before Celtic hit back.
Tries from Matty Sheridan and Rich Tillotson plus a Thomas Halloran goal reduced their arrears.
But the away side then landed a penalty and the conversion to a try from man of the match Dean Hunt to extend the lead to 34-10.
Celtic battled hard to get back into the game after that. Sheridan and a brace from Josh Knowles made the score more respectable.
However, the defeat is Celtic’s fourth on the bounce in Division Two and they currently sit alongside Stanningley, and their next opponents Blackbrook, who have also yet to register a point this season.
Celtic travel to Blackbrook tomorrow (Saturday, 2.30pm) knowing only a win will do.