Askam remain rooted at the foot of the Second Division of the National Conference League following their 32-16 defeat at the hands of Hull Dockers at Fallowfield Park last Saturday.

The Dockers, who are fourth in the table, recorded their second win in the area having also won at Barrow Island two weeks ago.

The Villagers worked hard for the points but came out second best despite tries from Ben Lewney, Sam Broadley and Tom Askew. Their goals came via Zac Steel (2) and James Wallis.

Askam have a tough task to avoid relegation now with Shaw Cross Sharks defeating fellow strugglers East Leeds.

If the Villagers don’t avoid the drop, it could be an interesting Third Division next season, joining Millom and fellow Cumbrians Hensingham.

Three could become five, as there are rumours that Barrow & District League triple trophy winners Dalton and North West Men’s League Premier Division side Walney Central are applying to join the Conference.

In the NWML First Division, Ulverston hit top gear in running out 40-12 winners against third-placed Widnes Tigers at Dragley Beck.

Connor Saunders led the romp with a try and six goals with Ulverston’s other scores coming from Matt Dean, Marc Storey (2), Will Coles, Marc Dixon and Matty Storey.

In Division Two, Hindpool Tigers were unable to put their Trophy semi-final disappointment behind them as they were defeated 34-22 by Leigh Miners Rangers A at Brisbane Park.

As expected in the Premier Division, bottom side Rochdale Mayfield A pulled out of their fixture with Walney scheduled for Central Drive.