Ellesmere Port 25Trentham 20
THE Oilers kicked-off the South Lancs/Cheshire Three season with a win at Dunkirk Lane.
The hosts made a flying start, scoring after just two minutes through prop James Callaghan.
The try was converted to make it 7-0.
Trentham replied with a penalty try, levelling up the scores at 7-7 before Port edged ahead with a penalty.
The home side went on to dominate the final 20 minutes of the first half. They crossed the whitewash twice and added one successful conversion for a 25-10 lead at the break.
Trentham chipped away at the lead in the second half and got to within five points of capping a surprise fightback.
This Saturday Port visit local rivals Capenhurst (3pm).
Port 2nds lost 29-17 at Crosby St Mary’s in Division Five West. This Saturday they host Hoylake 3rds.
Sale Sharks backs coach and former Scotland international Bryan Redpath opens the new first XV pitch at Ellesmere Port’s Whitby Sports & Social Club ground this evening. It will be followed by a Q&A session and hotpot supper (7pm start, admission £5).