DESPITE some good individual performances from Blake Roberts, Sean Kelly, Charlie Delaume, Joe Wilkinson and Johnathan Taylor, Bury Broncos lost their tenth game of the season in North West Men's Division Two with a 38-30 home reverse against Halton Farnworth Hornets on Saturday.

The sixth-placed Bury side fell 6-0 behind inside two minutes after failing to deal with the kick off and added a further four points minutes later.

Bury finally got their hands on the ball after 10 minutes and showed what they were capable of when quick hands from Kelly and Warren Bluer gave Roberts space to race in from 50 yards out. Roberts converted to pull the score back to 10-6.

With the Broncos on top for the first time in the game, a good driving from the forwards gave Kelly the chance to throw an outrageous dummy to score under the posts. Roberts added the conversion to give Bury a 12-10 lead before intercepting a pass and running 90 metres to score another try. He again added the extras as Broncos looked to be in control.

However, some poor ball retention allowed Halton back into the game, and they led 26-18 at half time.

When Halton extended the lead to 30-18 early in the second period, it looked like the Broncos might crumble.

But to their credit they once more hit back when Wilkinson showed his strength to score from close range. Roberts converted to bring the Broncos to within six points of the visitors.

Roberts ran onto a good short ball by Kelly to speed in for his hat-trick, and completed a good afternoon with the boot to level the scores at 30-30 with eight minutes remaining.

However, the Broncos gifted Halton possession and they scored twice more in the closing stages to take the game 38-30.

n Despite displaying some great moves, a well-disciplined Wigan St Judes proved too strong for Bury Broncos' Under-12s, who lost 46-22, while a flawless performance by the club's under-8s helped them claim a 6-4 away win against Portico Vine Greens.