An under-strength Leyland Warriors Under-15s were just pipped 32-26 by North Wales Crusaders in a thrilling match at Moss Side Playing Fields.
Having a number of players unavailable left Warriors without substitutes and this was to ultimately prove the difference on the day.
Warriors got off to a flying start with tries from Jordan Dandy, Sam Evans, Nathan Burns, Joe Kirkby and James O’Neill, with the latter adding three conversions.
The visitors replied with two tries to leave Leyland with a 26-10 lead at half-time.
The second half saw fatigue set in for Warriors, while the Welsh side were able to rotate their forwards.
And that allowed them to get on top in the midfield battle and take control of the game.
This resulted in them adding a succession of tries, with agonisingly the match-winning try coming in the dying moments of the game.
Elsewhere, Warriors Under-14s enjoyed a 40-12 victory over St Helens visitors Portico to secure back-to-back home wins, in a game where they simply had too much pace and power for their opponents.
The opening exchanges were even enough before Warriors began to move the ball to the edges.
Try scorers were Oli Buchanan, Henry Aspey, Will Sharples and Owen Sumner, who weighed in with four tries.
Matthew Wilkins had a good day, adding six conversions from seven attempts.
The Leyland Under-10s suffered a 34-10 home rdefeat to Warrington outfit Crosfields.
Leyland started brightly, with a much-improved defensive effort.
Their structure looked very good in the early sets, with James Broadfield pulling the strings.
George Talbot and Rhys Moore made great yardage up the middle and this led to Dylan Kenyon being able to take advantage from dummy-half to slice through the away defence.
Leyland were first to score as Broadfield took the ball to the line and produced a great pass out wide to centre Matthew Quinn, who scored in the corner.
Crosfields then replied with a couple of tries.
After half-time, Leyland put fresh players on but it took a while for the team to settle.
However, one good move saw the ball find its way to Declan Worden, who was able to muscle over for a try from close range.
But Leyland once again switched off in defence, allowing Crosfields to score several clinical tries .
Top tackler was awarded to captain Quinn, most improved player was Matthew Crompton and man of the match was James Broadfield.
Warriors Under-8s were also at home to a Warrington side in Rylands Sharks.
Missing several players, Warriors would have been excused a below-par performance but this was certainly not the case.
Mario Antoniou and Arron Kearns started off with some great defence on the back of big runs from Joe Dodd and Declan Fell as the young Warriors looked to make an early impression on the game.
Tries for Leyland were scored by Declan Fell, Michael Howells, Harry Storey and two for Joe Dodd.
But it was the visitors who came out on top 40-28.
There was another Lancashire debut for Leyland this week, as long-serving Billy Bishop celebrated his 10 years at the club at just 16 years of age by playing for Lancashire Under-17s against Cumbria.
Journeying to Glasson Rangers at Maryport, the Red Rose county triumphed 32-16 .