LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 29 GLOSSOP 25 (21/1/2017)
Liverpool St Helens triumphed in this tremendous tussle between two closely matched teams. In a slight departure from the norm the LSH tries came from the backs whilst the visitors relied on their powerful forwards to do the damage.
Glossop struck first in the 8th minute when completing an effective forwards drive, 0-
LSH then took hold of the game with two tries in the next ten minutes. The first came from a speedy move down the left flank after Mark Fryer had punctured a hole in the Glossop defence with Dave Cunliffe and Ian Stanley linking to release Mark Potter for a 40 yard burst to touch down. 12-
Glossop’s response was immediate and determined as they camped out close to the LSH line for the remaining ten minutes of the half. Crucially however and ultimately a key factor in the win, the LSH defence stood firm and they failed to score.
LSH extended their lead shortly after the restart with a fine try down the right wing by Alec McBride, on as a replacement for the injured Dan Heslop, 24-
The Glossop forwards had threatened to take a hand in the result all afternoon and for the remainder of the match – they did. LSH’s lineout had failed to fire and with little possession it was a long final 25 minutes. Glossop registered their second try after a line-
Glossop’s pressure told with eight minutes to go with another forwards try, converted, 29-
15 Cunliffe M 14 Heslop 13 Rawsthorne 12 Cunliffe D 11 Hodson 10 Stanley 9 Wilson D (capt) 1 Williamson 2 Houlton 3 Fryer 4 Donlevy 5 Gore 6 Molyneux 7 Burrows 8 Potter 16 Heywood 17 McBride