MELTHAM All Blacks suffered a 26-14 home defeat to a New Earswick All Blacks side who are very much in the Division V title hunt.
And if they can maintain this form for the rest of the season they could finish the campaign with a flourish.
The York side opened the scoring, but a perfectly-placed grubber kick by Paul Smith rebounded off the post into the clutches of Adam Lodge who scored under the posts for Rob Lewis to convert.
Both teams did well to contend with very heavy conditions, with the visitors just edging the first half by a converted try.
Meltham spent long periods of the second half in the opposition’s half and scored two tries.
Ryan White forced his way over the line for the first and then Ben Moorhouse finished a good move down the left wing to power over the line for the second. Neither of these was converted.
But despite field position and plenty of possession, New Earswick were able to break into Meltham’s half and grabbed three tries of their own and the win.
The visitors gave the best forward to Richard Wibberley and best back to Scott Jackson, who was also Meltham’s own man-of-the-match.