Hoylake 20 Sandbach 5: SANDBACH'S hopes of winning the South Lancs and Cheshire League Division Two title, as well as promotion, blew away with the wind at Hoylake on Saturday.
Their hosts made better use of the near gale-force gusts to wrap up the title as they ran in three second-half scores with the wind at their backs.
Captain Ray Jones said: 'We can have few complaints because we had the elements with us in the first half but didn't use them as well as we should have done. Hoylake were very hospitable though and we all had a drink to celebrate our respective promotions to Division One.'
Fly-half Rob Leese ran in his first try of the season after good work by full-back Dan Massey to give Sand-bach a 5-3 lead, but they were left to rue three missed penalty attempts.
After the break, Hoylake ran in three scores as Sandbach defended manfully against the wind and powerful home pack.
Sandbach have no first-team fixture this weekend. Crewe and Nantwich go in search of silverware when they take on Ellesmere Port in the final of the Thwaites Cheshire Plate at Stockport RUFC on Sunday (3pm).
With no first-team match at the weekend, it was left to the Seconds and Thirds to try and combat winds, which made constructive rugby almost impossible. A weakened Seconds lost 41-7 to Manchester Wanderers with Keith Rafferty scoring the lone Crewe try.
The Thirds came out 15-6 winners against Hoylake thanks to three tries from youngsters, with Tom Winterton crossing the line twice and Steve Pepper once.
This Saturday, the Seconds are hoping to arrange a friendly while the Thirds travel to Jersey on their spring tour.