ANOTHER major defeat at the hands of a well organised and skilful Blackburn side, 68-5, leaves Blacks in no doubt as the enormity of the task that lies ahead at the higher level they are now playing at.

Once again it was availability that continues to plague Northwich with a further four players added to the growing list of absentees.

However there was much to be admired in the youngsters who stepped up.

For 30 minutes Blacks could not get hands on the ball, and when they did they were unable to make any real impression.

They were able to run in six converted tries at regular intervals, leaving Blacks shell-shocked.

With Northwich 42-0 adrift they began to launch an attack, giving them a glimmer of hope.

The hard-working Josh Warburton went on a charge to score a deserved try and the half drew to a close with some pride restored.

Blackburn scored four further tries, three of which were converted.

Northwich enjoyed far more possession and territory but were unable to breach the home defences.

Injuries to Wilson and Naylor did not help the cause as this left Blacks exposed to the counter attack.

These are difficult times for Northwich but there was a sense of pride and optimism within the visitors on the terrace.

Pride in the players who are digging deep and optimism in the knowledge there is more to come when the depth in playing resources is restored.

Northwich take a break on Saturday, returning the following week at home against Lymm, 3pm.