Garstang RUFC lost 39-20 to Didsbury Toc H as they were made to pay for a shocking start.
Despite the dreadful start and the defeat Garstang dug deep and salvaged a bonus point for scoring four tries.
They conceded a try in the opening minute and, by the quarter-hour, the home side had run in their third score.
Richard Orr crashed over on the half-hour to make it 15-5 but the game was effectively ended in five minutes of madness either side of half-time.
Two tries made it 27-5 at the break, after which another try saw Toc H 34-5 ahead.
Almost immediately Garstang struck back as Jonny Leech pounced on a loose ball and went in from halfway.
Nobody would have realistically thought that Garstang could win at this stage but the incentive of a consolation point kept them going.
They were rewarded when Gavin Barton forced his way over for the third try with 15 minutes to play as they trailed 34-15.
Garstang were now in the ascendancy and showing what might have been had they started the game with a bit more fire in the belly.
With time running out they laid siege to the home side’s try line as Orr was able to stretch over for his second of the day and the vital fourth score.
There wasn’t enough time to win the game but, with a couple of minutes to go, the team knew a converted try would see them sneak an unlikely additional bonus point for being within seven points.
However, this led to Garstang taking some risks and turnover ball saw Didsbury have the final say with a try in the corner
n Garstang Ladies had a sponsors day last Sunday as they received their new kit for the 2016/17 season from their new sponsors.
Representatives from the Wheatsheaf pub, Carr’s Jewellers, The Cartford Inn, Purple Plastic Surgery Ltd, Ferrari’s Country House and Sandhams Cheese were all in attendance at the weekend.
The ladies ran out 78-0 winners over Workington Finches to move to the top of the league ahead of Sunday’s fixture with Didsbury Toc H.