FLEETWOOD Senior Colts rugby union team were edged out by Winnington Park, losing at home by 15-12, despite a brave rally.
Winnington Park opened the scoring with a penalty before Fleetwood went further behind from a try in the corner.
Matters took a turn for the worse when a break from a scrum resulted in a converted try under the posts to put the visitors 15 points in front.
Fleetwood started to get on top in terms of territory and possession – their hard work paid off with a solo try from Kris Phillips, who beat several defenders on his way to the line. The try was converted by Tom Evans.
That reduced the half-time score to 15-7.
Some half-time substitutions failed to halt Fleetwood’s flow, but they were unable to score due to the ball being slowed down at the break down and some basic mistakes and knock-ons.
They continued to push forward and, with time running out, they scored from a rolling maul with Scott Armer driving over in the corner.
The last few minutes were hectic and in a foot race Jack Crompton just failed to put the ball down over the try-line.
In the last play Fleetwood won a five-metre scrum, but despite the ball being re-cycled for a few minutes they could not find a way over the try line.
Winnington Park held on to go through to the League Cup final.
Fleetwood can make amends as they have a further semi-final match in the Lancashire Cup next up against Sefton.
n IN University of Salford Division Two North, Fleetwood II lost 27-4 at home to Rossendale II.
Garstang II lost 45-0 at home to Penrith III in Division Three North.
Fleetwood III defeated Preston Grasshoppers 34-7 in Division Four North, despite going behind early on.
However, they never looked back after that – Joe Birks crossed for a try, while Michael Dewhirst added a penalty to give Fleetwood an 8-7 lead.
The second half saw Fleetwood take control as the visitors began to tire.
Two tries from skipper and man of the match Rob Barnes were complemented by tries by Lee Howell and Joe Morley.
Dewhirst added three conversions to round off a fine individual performance.
In Division Five North, BAe Warton defeated Clitheroe II 43-7.
n AFTER being knocked out in the Adelaide Sevens semi-finals, England need to win next month’s London Sevens to keep their hopes of an HSBC Sevens World Series title alive.
Nick Royle, part of the England squad, is expected to return to the Fylde line-up for Saturday’s clash away to Loughborough Students.
n BLACKPOOL Stanley RL’s newly-formed summer team start training on Wednesday at Stanley Park.
A pre-season home fixture has been arranged against East Lancashire on April 23.