DOUGLAS (IOM) 91 LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 12
Liverpool St Helens brought the curtain down on their South Lancashire/North Cheshire One season with a weekend trip to the Isle of Man and found their promotion hunting opposition in no mood to welcome them on the pitch.
With Douglas needing a five pointer to take advantage of any slip up from top side Manchester they raced into an early unstoppable lead and never let up for 80 minutes. Darren Wilson capped a magnificent season with his 21st try of the season thereby achieving his season’s goal of scoring more tries than he has tattoos. Jordan Royle also registered a landmark with his first 1st XV try and Alex McBride, one of the finds of the season, slotted a conversion.
In a season where availability has been a constant issue for the Moss Laners, Mark Potter and Paddy Royle made their 26th and 25th appearances respectively.
With no hospitality shown on the pitch, the hosts certainly made up for it in the clubhouse afterwards where the 55 strong contingent of Moss Lane players and supporters were well fed, watered and entertained.
Head Coach Andy Northey is reasonably satisfied with the sixth place finish in a competitive league. “We started well but tailed off again in the second half” he said. “Club rugby and building a squad, not just a team, is a long process and we are now just beginning to get to where we want to be. There is a great spirit throughout the club and we have plenty to aim at and work for next season”.