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LIVERPOOLST HELENS 5 DIDSBURY TOC H 42

Liverpool St Helens took the field at Moss lane for the first time in six weeks. Unfortunately eighty minutes later most of their Faithful supporters probably wished they hadn’t. This may be a bit harsh on a side still suffering from the aftermath of an unfortunate Friday night at Widnes and the enforced absence of their skipper, which, together with other absences saw what can only be described as a disjointed back line.

Even so, they were thoroughly outplayed by a well organised, disciplined and clever Didsbury outfit ultimately making their pace and fitness tell. Belying their position in the ADM Premier Division table they ran in worthy winners by seven tries to one.

LSH, particularly in the first half had plenty of possession with the pack more than holding their own but with Didsbury regularly gaining possession and kicking ruthlessly and long down the flanks, the game was mainly played in LSH’s half.

The visitors started much the better and registered two tries in the first fifteen minutes. LSH replied with a really excellent try involving an initial burst from Connor Thompson, carried on by Sean Richardson and Robert Sexton before Alex McClurg crashed over in the right hand corner. 5-12. Any hopes of a comeback were immediately dashed when TOC H scored immediately on the restart and followed this with a penalty try before the break.  5-24

The second half saw the visitors land a penalty and score three more tries as the terraces began to empty as a cold wind began to blow colder.

Safely inside throughout, two of LSH’s elder statesmen had warmed themselves by a window to watch the game. Clutching foaming pints of beer they proffered an opinion on the afternoon’s proceedings. “Can’t tackle, can’t pass and can’t run” said Graham Twist. Lucky for Graham that Simon Worsley wasn’t playing (see reports from the early 2000’s). His colleague Richard McCullagh took a more sanguine view. “ One of the great delights of coming to Moss Lane” said the Judge “ is that you can see the whole pitch without going outside, so we stayed nice and warm”.

Someone was heard to say that it was snowing in Chester and North Wales. Someone else said “we could have done with an avalanche of the stuff here!”   

Team

15 Morris 14 McBride 13 Sexton 12 Richardson 11 Lynch 10 Johnston 9 McClurg 1 Gore 2 Jackson J 3 Heywood 4 Royle 5 Hall 6 Roberts 7 Thompson 8 Webster 16 Metcalfe T 17Potter 18 Forster 19 Bacon 20 Cunliffe D.