CLAYTON lost their unbeaten record in Division Two Central of the Pennine League after a surprise 12-8 defeat at Wortley Dragons.

The hosts were hovering around the drop zone after losing their first two games desperate but an excellent defensive effort proved to be the difference between the two teams.

The weather made attempts at open rugby difficult as the rain lashed down over the Leeds outfit's self-proclaimed 'Dragons Lair'.

The game was littered unsurprisingly with lots of dropped ball and penalties to both sides as players struggled to come to terms with the conditions.

Clayton were well in contention as things turned around 6-6 at the break thanks to a Karl Spring try, converted by Ryan Wilkinson.

They looked set to step up in the second half and maintain their unbeaten run but it was the Dragons who, thanks to some big defence, edged themselves to victory.

Clayton could only manage a second-half penalty from Wilkinson, while the two Dragons tries, which both came from kicks, will give coach Scott Pendlebury something to work on at training before their next outing.