PORT could be staring relegation in the face following this bitterly disappointing defeat against fellow strugglers Dukinfield at Whitby Sports & Social Club on Saturday.

Although they are still a point and a place above the bottom two, who go down, they must now win at Crewe & Nantwich on the final day of the season or hope that basement club Moore pull off a shock win at next-to-bottom Ormskirk.

Captain Steve Foster said: 'This was a golden opportunity for us and other results went our way, but we blew our chance with one of our worst performances of the season.' Port conceded a try early on but battled back with a brace of penalties from Paul Millington and a Paul Watkinson try to lead 11-5 at the interval.

Dukinfield restored their lead early in the second half with a try under the posts before Phil Gow hit back almost immediately with a try for Port.

However, the hosts could not hold on and conceded another try after some consistent Dukinfield pressure.

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