DEWSBURY MOOR have been dumped out of the National Conference Trophy at the first hurdle, falling to a 34-8 defeat away at Division One’s Ince Rose Bridge.
The Maroons put up a brave fight against their superiors in the NCL ladder but a slow start ultimately proved costly.
It took 15 minutes for Ince to break the Maroons’ resolve with a try from man of the match Kieron Murphy.
Nathan Doherty added another 10 minutes later as Connor Matthews stepped up to add the extras for a 10-0 lead.
Moor hit back just three minutes later when Bartley O’Brien crossed the whitewash but tries from Peter Valentine and Ryan Eccleston gave Ince a 22-4 half-time lead.
Murphy added a second two minutes into the second half, converted by Matthews, before Moor replied with a try from Cameron Adleigh.
Valentine ensured the comeback would be short-lived with a late try goaled by Matthews.