WEST Bowling bounced back from an opening-day defeat with a 24-20 win at Oulton Raiders.

Having earned promotion to the National Conference League Division One, Ryan Hunkin's side were beaten 26-12 at home to Wigan St Patricks.

But they opened their account at Raiders in a match in which they held the upper hand for large parts.

Bowling did well to contain early pressure from the larger Oulton pack and although both sides had chances, it was not until the 27th minute of the first half that there was the first score.

Bowling's scrum half Ben Heald weaved his way through several defenders to score under the posts and converted his own try.

Straight from the kick off, Wests were over again. Sub forward Chris Anderson caught the ball on the full, making 20 metres before handing onto Richard Lumb. He did well before releasing winger Kyle Moore, who outpaced the Oulton defence over 50 metres to score just wide of the posts, Heald again adding the extras to make it 12-0.

On 37 minutes Oulton stand-off Will Milner exploited a gap in Bowling's defence to stroll over for an unconverted try to make it 12-4 at the break.

It was not long into the restart when the visitors' man of the match Richard Lumb crossed out wide after good approach work from stand-off Liam Darville. Heald kicked the touchline conversion.

The game remained scoreless for almost 20 minutes as Oulton tried to get back into the match. And it was game on with 13 minutes left as Raiders crossed twice to close the gap to 18-14.

However, just as Oulton were trying hard to score again, it was Bowling who scored next to regain momentum. Sub back Keiron Baker latched onto a clever Liam Darville pass to cross out wide, with Heald converting to make it four out of four and put Bowling 24-14 up.

Oulton's man of the match Milner crossed under the posts and converted on 78 minutes to make it a nervy finale for Wests.

But Bowling were in no mood to let the game slip and contained Oulton in their own half until the final whistle for a well-deserved victory.

After an emphatic opening-day win over Croslands, Bradford Dudley Hill were brought down to earth in Division Two.

They were beaten 26-10 at Dewsbury Celtic, with Daniel Lee and Neil Wall getting on the try sheet for Hill and Kyle Bateman kicking one goal.

Charlie Heaton, Patrick Foulstone (2), Nathan Waring and Harry Copley touched down for Dewsbury.

Drighlington made it two wins from two in Division Three as they got the better of hosts Eastmoor Dragons 22-6.

Ben Nabozny scored a hat-trick of tries and Lucas Hallas also touched down for Drig, Michael Sanderson kicking three goals.

All Conference sides now face an early break with the suspension of rugby league due to the coronavirus.