Morley RFC’s attentions have now turned to next season after suffering a defeat that consigns then to relegation to North One East.
The Maroons’ faint hopes of staying in National Three North rested on a positive result in Saturday’s match at Rossendale but they were defeated 27-23.
Morley started the brighter and, following fine kicks from Karl Bradshaw and a seventh-minute penalty from Mark Chester, James Dinsdale crashed over for his first try for the first team. Chester’s conversion put Morley 10-0 up with 19 minutes played.
Rossendale replied with a Jamie Albinson touch-down on 32 minutes that cut the deficit to five points at the break.
Morley continued their good work on the resumption and Chester landed another penalty before Bradshaw raced down the wing to score a try that put his team 18-5 ahead seven minutes into the second half.
This appeared to wake Rossendale from their slumbers however and, aided by the slope and good kicking from hand, they turned the game around with four tries in the next 20 minutes.
The visitors refused to give in and Bradshaw once again crossed the whitewash with five minutes remaining, making it 27-23, but despite late pressure that almost resulted in a decisive fifth score, Morley came up short.