Liverpool St Helens 65 – 5 Bowdon

What a Christmas cracker the LSH faithful were treated to. In a scintillating performance which served up 11 exquisite tries, LSH now go into the Christmas break for a well-deserved rest in second place in the league.

LSH set the tone immediately as after regaining the ball a good break from Paddy Royle then Danny Webster led to the returning Matty Cunliffe scoring wide left, conversion missed, 5-0. After the next LSH attack was just about repelled, another set of breaks from Mark Fryer and Chris Hull (outstanding debut from the youngster) eventually saw Fryer collect the ball to crash over out wide again, conversion missed, 10-0. LSH went on the attack again, a superbly executed driving maul provided space for the backs to work the ball to winger Josh Lynch to go over for his first of the afternoon, conversion missed 15-0.

Bowdon then had the audacity of scoring a try of theirown. Following some good play from the Bowdon forwards the LSH defence tried to press high but a looping pass over the on-rushing players allowed their winger a good amount of space to dive in at the corner, conversion missed 15-5. Following the sting of conceding LSH restored parity by scoring another try, this time a clever chip over the top from Captain Darren Wilson gave Lynch the opportunity to gather the ball and feed the supporting Chris Houlton who went in under the posts to score, converted by Dan Filson 22-5.

The half ended with LSH scoring two further unconverted tries, one in each corner. The first was for Lynch following a well worked lineout move, but still requiring a powerful finish against his opposite number. The second was scored by Filson who collected a pass from Cunliffe after a marauding break from Alex McClurg. Half time 32-5.

The second half started with a bang! From the kick off, another scything break from Webster eventually saw Cunliffe score wide out again,  conversion missed 37-5. Bowdon then had a good scoring opportunity themselves but smart counter play from LSH saw them quickly move up the field, and another chip over from Wilson again saw Lynch in space, this time diving in for his hat-trick, converted by Cunliffe 44-5. The next play was almost an exact copy of the previoust, except the kicker was Cunliffe, with Lynch again diving in at the corner, converted by Cunliffe 51-5.

A subdued 20 mins followed, and the crowd had to wait until the 70th minute before seeing the next try. A typical Wilson dart from a scrum allowed youngster Connor Thompson to round his opposite winger and score under the posts, converted by Royle (the 4th goal kicker!) 58-5. The LSH defence was tested in the closing minutes and coach Andy Northey will be pleased his side held out. In keeping with the afternoon, it was only appropriate that LSH finished the game in style as a powerful scrum provided the space for Wilson to feed Cunliffe who completed his hat-trick, converted by Royle. Full time 65-5.

A great first half of the season with pleasing performances from a whole host of players, whilst coach Andy Northey will also be quietly encouraged by the development and contributions from a growing number of Colt players, having breakthrough seasons in senior rugby.

We hope you have a great Christmas, a wonderful New Year and come back roaring the ‘Laners’ on after a deserved rest.


15 Filson 14 Lynch 13 M Cunliffe 12 McClurg 11 Thompson 10 Johnston 9 D Wilson © 1 Williamson 2 Houlton 3 Fryer 4 Royle 5 Gore 6 Roberts 7 Hull 8 Webster.  Reps 16 Heywood 17 Donlevy 18 Rawsthorne.

Andrew Harrison