Old Crossleyans showed some rare good early-season form to win 35-23 at Morley in North One East on Saturday.
Having lost at home to Beverley the previous week, the Broomfield men were happy to get some points on the board at the expense of the other side who have dropped down a level.
It was 6-6 after 16 minutes, Simon Bradshaw and Crocs’ Leigh Thomas having traded penalties.
The first try came on 22 minutes when stand off Gareth Ott made a break up the right, beating two men, and Jack Hammond sent his brother Billy under the posts.
Thomas converted and added a penalty for offside to make it 16-6 after 27 minutes.
Morley pressed and Crocs produced some tremendous defence but lost centre Neil Richardson with a foot injury.
Crocs extended their lead to 23-6 two minutes after the break when Navneet Sembi broke from his own half, the ball was spread wide for prop Dave Moloney to make further ground and Ott sent ex-Rishworthians lock Tony Oxley under the posts for his first try for the club. Thomas converted.
Morley replied through centre Lee Evans on 52 minutes, Bradshaw converting, but six minutes later Jack Hammond seized on a loose ball on half-way and completed a curving run to touch down, Thomas’s easy kick making it 13-30.
A Morley centre was sin-binned, soon to be followed by Crocs’ player-coach Chris Jones, and the home side narrowed the gap to seven points with a Bradshaw penalty and then a 74th minute converted try by stand-off Chester from a quick tap penalty .
However, the visitors made the game safe with four minutes left when when Sembi, scrum half Chris Vine, Ott and Jack Hammond paved the way for Gareth Sweeney to complete the scoring in the corner.