Despite a vast improvement on their last meeting, Ormskirk under-11s lost 0-31 to Wigan in a tough encounter.
There are times when you simply have to hand it to your opponents and say 'well played'.
And despite a fighting and spirited performance from the lads, yesterday was one of those days. Wigan possessed a couple of players who were absolutely everywhere and simply refused to let Kirk cross their line.
The scoreline was fair and yet of course really didn't reflect the effort that the lads put in.
New boy (and Man Of The Match) Callum H put a real shift in with his defence, in both the forwards and the backs.
Max J carried the ball relentlessly. Richard L tackled himself to a standstill, although that might also be because he got studded in the dying moments.
Achilleas also made every effort in the rucks and mauls to try and win clean ball for the backs and Tom B marshalled his pack well, urging them on and trying to create space for the backs.
Tom M made a couple of lung bursting breaks to get Kirk within a few yards of the line. Sam S was a totemic presence in defence alongside captain Max Mc.
Sam W and Ben B were both excellent as makeshift hookers in a scrummage that gave nothing away to a big Wigan pack. George B and Adam L can take a bow too for their constant attempts to pilfer Wigan's ball.
In the backs, new boy Stevie S had a really solid debut on the wing making his tackles and contributing to the forward momentum.
Adam H missed nothing in the air all day long and made a couple of last ditch tackles alongside Roshan N that prevented further scores.
Jack N tackled superbly and hit the ball up well whenever the ball came his way. Teddy R always gave the forwards a chance to win the ball with some excellent kicking.
In the end though this was an excellent performance from Wigan who are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the area.
So to concede 39 fewer points than the last time the teams met is a sea change for the boys - a 55% improvement in fact.
And they say you can't prove anything with statistics.
Head Coach Dave Gaughan said after the match: “The lads really put in a huge effort today.
“The tackling and pressure in defence were excellent.
“If we can just sort out the rucking out we'll win a lot more games than we lose. Well done lads!”