DESPITE a club legend returning, Bradford Salem’s miserable start to their Yorkshire One campaign continued as they lost 36-10 to third-placed Selby.

Due to an injury crisis, Craig Buxton, 46, was forced into making his 415th appearance, and first for nine years, for Salem from the very start of the game.

Following a clever cross kick by fly half Henry Wright, Selby opened their account when skipper Ashley Parkinson scored a try which was improved by Wright to put the hosts 7-0 in front.

They extended their lead when some superb off-loading in the tackle created a try for full-back Olly Turvey.

Selby were on the scoresheet again when lock Jack Hebden went over and with the score at 19-0 with less than 20 minutes gone, Salem had a mountain to climb.

However, the visitors hit back almost from the restart, Sam Dunn sliced through to dot down near the posts for a fine try improved by skipper Jake Green.

Green’s strike from a penalty reduced the arrears to 19-10.

Although scrum half Danny Wilkinson crossed for a try improved by Wright to give the hosts a healthy 26-10 lead at the break.

Scott van Berckel, Xander McConville, Fin Southcott and Sam Dunn all had to leave the field through injury. The latter underwent emergency surgery to repair a perforated intestine.

Selby virtually put the game to bed when Parkinson scored his second try for a 31-10 lead. Winger James Robinson exploited a tiring defence to put the hosts further ahead.

In Yorkshire Two, Old Grovians and Baildon both lost out. The former were pasted 53-15 by visitors Wetherby, while hosts Wath Upon Dearne overcame Baildon 28-14.

In North One East, winless Bradford & Bingley continue to prop up the table. They went down 44-12 to hand Morpeth their first away victory.

Fifth-placed Cleckheaton ended up on the wrong side of a 61-34 beating at Driffield.

Harrogate Pythons proved too much for strugglers Wibsey who lost out 31-23 in Yorkshire Three.