BURY continue to search for their first victory of the Lancashire (North) campaign after falling to their 11th straight defeat at home to Orrell.

They were unlucky not to at least secure a couple of bonus points though as the Radcliffe Road men pushed hard for a late try but came up a resolute defensive effort from the visitors in a 37-21 defeat.

The game started as a pretty even affair, with both sides looking to play entertaining, running rugby.

As both sides sized each other up, Orrell made the opening breakthrough to score under the posts.

After a series of infringements from the visitors, a kick from the Rams' Tom Smith boot led to a series of drives from the forwards before Jordan Miller was able to bundle his way over the try line.

The conversion was successfully kicked to give Bury the lead.

Bury worked their way back up field after a very well executed catch from the Orrell kick off.

Following a series of infringements on the five-metre line, the home side were able to increase their lead after a tapped penalty was moved via Joe Kelly and Chris Potts for centre Rick Rothwell to barge over for another converted try.

However, kicked a couple of penalties to cut Bury's lead to 15-11 at half time.

Orrell controlled possession after the break to score a series of penalties from the accurate boot of their centre and a try out wide to regain the lead.

Ed Watkins kept Bury in it with a try in the left corner following a flowing move and Smith kicked a difficult conversion.

But the home side were denied a further score by some strong Orrell defending, and the visitors stung Bury on the break with another try.

Victory was out of Bury's grasp but they pushed for another try to secure two losing bonus points.

But while Orrell were reduced to 12 men in the closing stages the Rams were unable to capitalise.

The result left Bury second-bottom ahead of this weekend's game at home to Netherall in the National Cup.