On a day that saw all local teams lose, Barrow Island's unbeaten home record also went as they were on the wrong end of a 28-20 scoreline against West Bowling at Rating Lane last Saturday.

With both teams going for promotion in Division Two of the National Conference League, a close game was anticipated, but it was the home side who were all at sea in the opening minutes and trailed 16-2 with only 20 minutes on the clock.

The home defence was nowhere to be seen as the Bradford side cut them open at will to run in three tries and build the platform for the two vital points on offer.

Island did manage to stem the tide and it took a further 45 minutes before the visitors were to register their next points.

Island got their act together and went ahead at 20-16 with the game going to the wire, but it wasn't to be as the home record went bust in the final 15 minutes with the visitors scoring two tries.

Island took an early lead through a Sam Jones penalty after Bowling were caught offside.

Bowling then took a firm grip of matters as they raided at will with Island unable to cope with their sweeping attacks, inspired by second row Richard Lumb and half-backs Liam Coe and Harry Williams.

Williams was the provider for the opening try as he prised open a gap for centre Louis Fraser to glide through and score,Williams adding the goal.

Four minutes later, scrum-half Liam Coe sent Lewis Galtress over the whitewash, with Williams tagging on the goal for 2-12.

Island had the opportunity to cross Bowlings line but winger Cameron Currie failed to take a difficult pass from Jones. It was at the other end that the points went on the board, as Coe sent Kieron Baker in for an unconverted try 2-16.

Island came more into the frame and hit back through Peter Rimmer, who crashed over after good work from Ian Irvine and Jackson, the goal coming from the boot of Jones, 8-16.

A further scoring chance went begging as half time approached when a long ball to Jones was poor and Bowling held out.

The second half was barley under way when Oliver Bartle tore through the cover to race in but a forward pass was ruled.

The strong running of Jack Sutherland and Carl McBain kept Island in the hunt and the gap was down to just two points when Irvine's pass saw Joe Mallinson twist out of a tackle to touch down by the posts, and it was game on thanks to Jones' conversion.

On the hour mark, Island went ahead as McBian made good ground before Josh Banham fed Sutherland, who forced his way over, Jones adding the goal, 20-16.

Bowling had it all to do, but they came back strong and a long ball from Coe sent winger Joe Hammond in at the corner, Williams adding a touchline goal for 20-22. Williams killed off a late comeback by making a telling break to pull clear and score before closing things out with the conversion.