But they had the consolation of seeing one of their players - Dave Greenhall, hitting a superb 10-dart leg.
It was the best in the league for many a year.
Millbeck won on the crib table for the first time this season.
Gardeners (Grimshaw Lane) put themselves within three points of darts leaders Joiners by beating Lancashire Fold 6-1 in the Middleton Men’s Thursday League.
Dave Cullen, Mark Holden and Gerry Corcoran all shone as Grove (Blackley) beat Higher Blackley Con Club 5-2. It was their fifth success in as many matches.
Grove are four points behind leaders Friendship whose 7-0 defeat of lowly Victoria was their fifth win on the trot.
Ian Slattery’s 18-dart game was the best of the match.
Rhys Sykes supplied a 16-arrow sparkler, but his Middleton Junction team lost by the odd leg in seven to Woodside.
Oddfellows provided the shock result in the Middleton Ladies League when they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Ring o Bells, beating them 4-3.
Friendship, 6-1 winners over Jolly Carter, are the only unbeaten team in the first division.
Carters Arms made it four wins in four when they beat Brunswick 4-3 in the second division.