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. 0-3. LSH attacked from the restart and after a couple of drives, Anselmians cleared their lines with a kick, safely caught by Jake Hodson around 35 yards out.  The speedy winger needed no second invitation and sprinted down the lefty touchline for LSH’s first try. 5-3.

Ten minutes later in the 16th minute, LSH went further ahead after winning a scrum against the head near to the half-way line. Skipper Darren Wilson picked up the ball, scooted around the two engaged packs, threw a dummy to Dan Filson and then headed at speed for the line for a try 10-3 converted by Filson. 12-3.

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. 12-8. Converted 12-10. Now only two points ahead LSH seemed determined to go into half time with a score more reflective of their dominance and it came after good work from Chris Houlton continued by Andrew Rawsthorne led to a fine try from Filson. 17-10.

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-important fourth try when good work along the backs saw winger Dave Sutton race down the right wing to bag the bonus point. 22-10


15 Kean 14 Sutton 13 Cunliffe 12 Rawsthorne 11 Hodson 10 Filson 9 Wilson D 1 Wilson G 2 Houlton 3 Fryer 4 Gore 5 McCauley 6 Royle P 7 Burrows 8 Potter Reps: 16 Williamson 17 Molyneux 18 Kearns

John Williams