NORTH Ribblesdale were condemned to their fifth defeat in a row after they were edged out by league leaders Roundhegians, 25-22, at Grove Park.
It was a poor second half which let the 11th-placed side down after they led 22-10 at the break before conceding two tries and a decisive drop goal.
The result leaves the Settle side two points above bottom-placed Barnsley as they take on Old Grovians next. 
Ribb started the match in rapid fashion, building a 22-3 lead from a pushover and tries by John Padley and Omari Kaup-Samuels.
Will Booth was a prominent figure throughout as he ruled the line-out, taking half a dozen of the visitors' throws. A well-organised defensive unit helped keep out a very able Roundhegians backline.
However, Padley's sin-bin late in the first half sparked a resurgence from the visitors as they reduced the lead to 12 at the break.
The home side did weather the storm until their talisman's return but soon found themselves conceding from the Roundhegians onslaught.
Ribb tried to keep the ball away from the opposition's backs in the second half after having clear supremacy in the scrum and line-out but they overdid their pick and drive to give away several penalties. 
Roundhegians sorted their line-out to provide possession for their talented backs, and they became quicker to the loose ball.  Ribb's midfield could not hold out as they got enough second phases to engineer two tries in consecutive periods.
The match was now level going into the last five tense minutes.
The away team were the ones who capitalised on their drop goal opportunity by firing over cleanly.
Ribb were careless as Mick Thwaites' goal kicking should have at least drawn the match but they bravely went for the win and lost the ball in the line-out. Ribb went for the corner again and won the ball but a fired up Roundhegians pack held them out for a win.