AN ill-wind blew Northwich some good on Saturday.
The sleet and rain it brought with it rendered the 1st XV pitch unplayable for the scheduled fixture against Rochdale - meaning that Aussie Kolo Fifita and Dean Thompson will be fit for the weekend crunch trip to South-port and raises hopes that stalwart Rob Heath may also be free of injury by then.
That would give struggling Northwich a full squad to choose from against a side also in the lower reaches of the South Lancs and Cheshire League.
Northwich 2nds did play, but threw away a 19-7 interval lead at Wirral.
With only five minutes remaining they got into a winning position again only to be undone by conceding two tries in the closing moments to lose 34-24.
Jamie Brunlees scored two excellent tries early and penalties from Chris Dale (2) and Steve Taylor put them in a commanding position at the break.
The late comeback was through a try from first teamer Dale, who fluffed the conversion.
Inspired by Tom Newport and Will Thompson each scoring a brace of tries, Northwich 3rds beat Holmes Chapel 2nds 57-0.
Juniors: Northwich U15s scored first through Richard Dale, but went on to lose 71-5 - or 13 tries to one - against Lymm; Northwich U14s lost 24-12 to Aspul and play Wilmslow in the Cheshire Cup on Sunday.
The first-ever girls tournament in Northwich was staged at Moss Farm on Saturday - and the host club won.
Sandbach, Buxton and Vale of Lune sent teams and a 'Barbarians' style side made up from Ormskirk and Old Aldwinians were topped by Northwich in a round-robin contest.
Northwich were overall winners by virtue of scoring more tries than Sandbach after the two tied on points.
Darting runs around the scrum from Nieve Jones helped secure a number of tries for Northwich as well as set up a platform for Thea Breau, Trina Tulloch and Melissa Beesely to score. Ellie Cornish and Jody Fraser were impressive.
Northwich Ladies 15 Nelson & Colne 12: Unbeaten North-wich maintained their promotion challenge in Northern League Division Two at Moss Farm on Sunday.
It was their toughest game so far but Northwich forwards were too good for their opponents, winning good possession to help backs Yvonne Bradley, Sarah Lydon and Stephanie Carter to score three tries.
Excellent tackling from the Northwich defence kept Nelson from scoring until the second half.