Finchley Northern Amateur Rugby League put up a strong challenge against London Skolars, London's leading ARL club, in their inaugural game on Saturday.

However, they were exposed tactically in a robust encounter at Summers Lane. They lost 40-10, but were not overwhelmed by their more experienced opponents.

With three Finchley Academy players supported by several Union first-team regulars from Finchley, Wanstead and Chingford, they look to be building a strong squad for the season, which extends to the end of July.

On Saturday, Finchley entertain South London Storm at Summers Lane (2pm) and are hoping for a sizeable crowd. Their interest seems to be captured with the 13-man game, which is played at a furious pace on hard grounds.

The points in Finchley's first encounter were provided by Tommy Middleton, an academy player with a bright future in the club in Union, and Oxford Blue Alun James, with conversions from James Webb.

League and Union players from local clubs are welcome. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7.30pm) at Summers Lane. For further details please ring Pat Kamara at the club on 020 8445 3746.