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LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 36 HEATON MOOR 11

The heavy rain relented, the sun came out (for some of the time) and a sizeable Moss lane crowd were treated to the best game of the season so far, as Liverpool St Helens triumphed in the first round of the newly established Lancashire Leagues M J Worsley Cup.


Both sides had identical playing records in the ADM Premiership and it certainly looked like it for a lot of the game. LSH’s total dominance in the scrum however, ultimately told, together with the excellent use of their two pacy wingmen Lee Holland and Alex McBride and an assured performance from Jamie Morris at full back.

It was Holland who opened the scoring in the 12th minute with an electrifying burst from 60 yds, converted by McBride. This was followed by a period of play which had a big influence on the game, dominated by the visitors attacking the LSH line for over ten minutes. The LSH defence held firm and Heaton Moor, for all their efforts came away with just three points. Two minutes later Holland raced over again for his second try, again converted and LSH reached the half hour mark 14-3 ahead.

The visitors fought back and registered their own try after 34 minutes before Holland started and finished an excellent move along the backs to notch up his second hat-trick of tries in two games. Half – Time 19-8.


Heaton Moor landed a penalty early in the second half but that was it from them as the strong and co-ordinated forward play from LSH seemed to take its toll, particularly from the hour mark. Centre Dan Parkes extended the lead after 62 minutes with a fine try before Paddy Royle scored his second try in as many games, sprinting in from 10 yards after a good break from McBride, who kicked the conversion. Five minutes from the end Sam Ward scored LSH’S sixth try to emphasise the win, although a 25 point loss was a touch more than the Heaton Moor lads deserved.


Once again the new League has delivered a hard fought competitive game with plenty of skill for the LSH Faithful, undoubtedly assisted on this occasion by an experienced and empathetic referee.


Team

15 Morris 14 McBride 13 Parkes 12 Cunliffe D (capt) 11 Holland 10 Johnston 9 McClurg ; 1 Gore 2 Arnold 3 Fryer 4 Royle5 Hull

 6 Hall 7 Houlton 8 Webster; 16 Heywood 17 Ward 18 Burrows 19 Kean.


John Williams