NORTH Ribblesdale Under-15s suffered a narrow 24-17 defeat in a thoroughly entertaining game played in great spirit away at Fleetwood on Sunday.

Amidst strong crosswinds and hail, Ribb attempted to play their usual quick handling and running game but were limited to a single try in the opening period, run in by full-back Harris Dinsdale, and they trailed 12-5 at the break.

Man of the match No 8 Ollie Drew set up centre Nelson Delailomaloma for a scintillating score after the break, before blazing up the wing from the back of a scrum for a try himself.

However, the conditions suited the hosts' forwards-orientated game plan and they eventually ran out 24-17 winners.