LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 22 ANSELMIANS 10 (10/12/16)
This South Lancashire/Cheshire Division One game, without ever hitting the heights, was nevertheless, an absorbing contest between two hardworking sides. Both created plenty of chances with LSH, significantly, ensuring that the game was played for most of the time in the Anselmians half. This territorial advantage, gained primarily by a cohesive pack and a 100% lineout, provided the platform for the Moss Laners win.
The win was ultimately gained, in a departure from normal practice, through four running tries, all from the backs and all from four players whose names ended in the letters “on”. (Absolutely no idea of the significance but thought it was an unusual fact worth mentioning. JW).
Anselmians took the lead in the third minute converting a penalty when the entire LSH back line seemed to be offside. 0-
Ten minutes later in the 16th minute, LSH went further ahead after winning a scrum against the head near to the half-
Anselmians looked dangerous when countering through their backs and they hit back in the 29th minute with a breakaway down the left flank bringing a try close to the corner flag. 12-
The second half, in keeping with the gathering gloom, was a muddling affair with neither side making their possession count. LSH did however register the all-
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