Niall McGregor, captain of Crewe & Nantwich RUFC, who beat Whitchurch

Crewe & Nantwich 1sts are adapting well to their higher league despite defeat against the division’s leaders.

That’s the message from club captain Niall McGregor after the Vagrants club ran Warrington close in a 15-25 defeat.

McGregor believes the performance against a team with 100% record in South Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 shows how far his team has come.

“I think the squad is certainly coming together and Saturday’s game showed that we can compete with the top of the league,” he said.

“Warrington have 100% record, but we really should have beaten them!

“Obviously, we still have things we want to work on but we can take a lot of positives from Saturday’s game.”

The Vagrants side remain in 8th place on 25 points, and now face another tough encounter away at fifth-placed Glossop.

“As the season progresses and we adapt to the speed of the game in this league we will certainly start turning the narrow defeats we have had into wins,” added McGregor.

Crewe were out of the blocks fast and pegged the leaders back from the start, racing into a 15-5 lead in the first half.

But the leaders exerted more pressure after the break and managed three scores, one late on, to seal the points.

Warrington captain Steve Riley said: “It is difficult to see how Crewe are not further up the league table than they currently are.

“They provided perhaps the toughest opposition we have faced this season away from home and we will need to be on our top form to see them off in the return fixture.”

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