PORT bowed out of the Powergen Cup at the first hurdle, despite a brave performance against high-flying Didsbury.
Skipper Neil Percival was happy with his team after they produced a sterling second half display against a side from Lancashire League Division One.
He said: 'I'm quite pleased with the way we played overall. But in the first half we made too many mistakes and missed too many tackles, which they punished us for.
'Although the game was over by half-time, we dominated the second period but it was too little too late.
'But if we play like that every week we won't have much to worry about and we now have to take that kind of form into the league.'
The match began at a slow tempo with neither side seizing the initiative, increasing Port's hopes of producing a cup shock.
However, three tries in five minutes for the visitors took Port by surprise and effectively ended the match as a contest, with the score at 28-0 to Didsbury at half-time.
The second period began in similar fashion with Didsbury immediately claiming their fourth try of the match.
But Port stormed back and in a dominant second half display tries from Neil Percival and Anthony Mc-Carthy, after some fine work by MoM Mike Wilcock, gave the home side some reward for their efforts. nPort face Parkonians in a league match on Saturday, while the second team will travel to Parkonians.