Silly mistakes and lack of the usual intensity proved costly as Colne travelled the short distance to the end of the M65 to face Garstang.
Garstang had, like Colne, with only one win under their belt.
With a full front row unavailable for Colne, a squad was assembled that was more than capable of picking up an away win.
With changes in the pack, the set piece which Colne are usually very comfortable with, wouldn’t be one of the strongest.
Garstang exploited this straight from the first scrum, which they used to great effect throughout the game.
Garstang soon put Colne behind the posts. Conversion good.
Hargreaves at 10 was able to kick a penalty, but Garstang replied with one of their own.
Garstang’s second try came from a clearance kick. As Colne chased, a mix up in defence and some good running lines from the Garstang second row put him through to score.
But an infringement in the ruck gave Colne a penalty mid way in their own half. A quick tap from Tindall put him over the gain line, he carried on and rounded the winger, and a chip and chase over the top allowed him to ground the ball to put Colne within touching distance at half-time, 17-8 down.
In the second half, a mix up in defence allowed Garstang to cross the whitewash for their third try.
Tindall went over for his second, having supported Sumner and Hargeaves, and with 10 left on the clock Colne marched into the Garstang 22, and a replica of the second try put Tindall under the posts again.
Colne went in search of a winner, but a penalty from Garstang extended their lead to 31-24.
Colne are at home to Hutton tomorrow.