CLECKHEATON RUFC got their National League Three North campaign off to the worst possible start with a 17-10 defeat to Lymm at Moorend.
In an error-strewn contest it was Lymm who took the lead with an unconverted try 10 minutes before half-time.
Two minutes later and Cleck’s defence was breached again and the away side touched down for their second unconverted try to take a 10-0 lead into half-time.
The hosts were also slow out of the blocks in the second period and Lymm wasted no time in extending their lead to 17-0 with their first converted try of the afternoon.
But Lymm’s third try sparked the hosts into life and following a wave of pressure from from the hosts they were rewarded with a penalty try, which Ronan Evans converted.
And Evans quickly reduced his side’s arrears further with a fine 35m penalty kick.
In the closing stages the Moorenders were firmly camped in their opponents’ 22 and were soon awarded another penalty 10 metres out.
The hosts opted for a line out, which proved to be the wrong decision in the heavy rain, and Lymm secured the ball and cleared their lines to secure the four points.
The defeat leaves Cleckheaton occupying ninth place as they prepare for a trip to face Stockport tomorrow (Sat Sep 10, 3pm).