Buxton Hitmen were left disappointed after a ten-point defeat on Sunday against the Hackney Hawks.
The Buxton team was confident of taking all three points from the meeting, but a change to the usual pairings, due to the new averages, left the Hitmen struggling to make an impression over the youthful Hackney side.
The return match at the Hawks’ Lakeside home takes place today (Friday) when the Buxton team will be hoping to get their revenge.
The Hitmen are next in home action on Sunday August 7 against the Isle of White Islanders.
Buxton 40: Ben Taylor 9+1, Robert Branford 8, Luke Priest 8, Dean Felton 7+2, Adam Allott 6, Paul Burnett 2+1, Ryan Blacklock 0
Hackney 50: Barrie Evans 17, Ben Hopwood 10+2, Paul Starke 10+1, Ben Morley 5+1, Brandon Freemantle 5+1, Marc Owen 3+1, David Mason R/R.