Liverpool St Helens v Broughton Park Saturday 25/3/17

Liverpool St Helens lost a keenly contested close encounter in slightly controversial circumstances in a game played in perfect conditions for both players and spectators alike.

LSH opened the scoring with a neatly taken penalty by Alex McBride, with nothing between the teams scoring opportunities were at a premium and it was Broughton Park who scored the first try and conversion to take a 7-3 lead.  A further penalty for the visitors and a Dave Cunliffe try and a Penalty and conversion by Alex McBride completed the scoring in the first half.

In a see saw second half the lead changed hands a couple of times, Broughton Park scored a converted try to go in front 17-13, LSH responded with a well worked try in the corner by Alex Mcbride after good work from the backs, his conversion agonisingly struck the upright but LSH were in front 18-17.  LSH went further ahead with a great try from Man OF the Match Dave Cunliffe who had returned to the fray after what had initially looked like a game ending injury. After collecting the ball in his own 22 Dave ran over his opposite number to release Dan Heslop down the right wing, Dave was on hand to collect a return pass to crash over. Once again McBride’s conversion hit the post and this proved to be pivotal to the final result.

With minutes to go after a penalty against LSH Broughton Park attacked and a magnificent cover tackle by Matty Johnstone kept the visitors at bay, this however was short lived , once again park attacked the LSH line the attack looked to have been thwarted as the as the tackled player looked to be short of the line in what looked like a double movement. The referee allowed the score and the conversion put the visitors in front with seconds to go.

A tough result for Andy Northey and his men but he was more than pleased with the efforts of his team, there was a welcome return for Alex McClurg who deputised for Captain Daz Wilson at scrum half who had to work, special mention also to the younger lads for stepping up and to crowd favourite Dave Cunliffe who showed that he can be such a handful for any opposition.  

Team: Cunliffe M. 15,  Mc.Bride 14, Rawsthorne 13, Cunliffe. D. 12,  Heslop 11,  Johnston 10,  Mc.Clurg 9;

Williamson 1,  Houlton 2, Fryer 3, Gore 4,  Potter 5,  Royle P. 6,  Burrows 7,  Kearns 8; Hayward 16,  Molyneux 17,

Ward 18.

Ian Harrison