CAMPION'S horror start to life in the North West Counties League First Division North continued on Tuesday night, as they suffered a 2-0 home defeat against Bacup Borough.

It leaves them second-bottom, with just four points from their opening eight games, and their dreams of promotion seem a long way off at present.

Bacup had the better of the early stages in terms of chance creation, but Campion had plenty of the ball in threatening positions.

And when the evergreen Nicky Boshell crashed a shot just over the crossbar, the Red and Blacks looked like they were getting on top.

But things took a turn for the worse, with captain and star striker Aidan Kirby sent off for an off the ball incident, which saw the visiting left-back hit the deck.

Campion joint-manager Lee Ashforth was also sent off for his reaction, with the game turning decisively in Bacup's favour.

Luke Rhodes did have a chance for the hosts right at the start of the second half, with his long-range effort well saved by Bacup keeper Henry Turner, but the visitors soon went in front, as Toby Wright raced on to a through ball to open the scoring.

Bacup then had to clear one off the line, before wasting two big close range chances of their own.

Scott Eastwood's block denied Bacup a certain second, before Turner was forced into a decent save.

Borough then hit the bar from long range, before Wright netted a decisive second from the penalty spot to seal the game for his side once and for all.

Steeton also suffered a bruising defeat in the same division, after they were destroyed by a rampant AFC Darwen on the counter attack, eventually losing 5-2.

Steeton did equalise through Kayle Price following an early Darwen goal, and when Price grabbed his second just before the hour mark, the Chevrons were only 3-2 down.

But two late goals did for them.

Liversedge are top of the Northern Premier League East Division after a 2-0 win at Sheffield made it six wins from six, while nine-man Brighouse Town conceded a 101st minute equaliser in a wild 2-2 draw at Pickering Town.