BIRCHFIELD were very unfortunate not to have come out on top in a bottom-of-the-table South Lancs-Cheshire One clash in which both sides were desperate for the points.
It was clear from the outset the referee was not going to allow any infringement to go unpunished.
After five minutes, Birch-field found themselves 9-0 down, with Wigan having been awarded three penalties, all in the Widnes side's 22.
In a stop-start situation, Birchfield found it difficult to get into their stride.
By the 20th minute, Wigan had extended their lead with an unconverted try and a further penalty kick to go 17-0 ahead.
The second half saw Birchfield totally dominate proceedings.
Their pressure paid off in the 58th minute when, from a maul on Wigan's 22, the Birchfield forwards drove on for Chris Jones to touch down, with winger Gary Lowe adding the extras.
Birchfield closed the gap to three points in the 66th minute when Mark Hunter broke through the Wigan defence to go over.
Despite a heavy weight of possession and territorial dominance, it was just not Birchfield's day. The point was only underlined by two disallowed tries and the game was an early Christmas present for Wigan.
This next game for Birch-field is at home to Widnes on December 20.