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LITTLEBOROUGH 22 LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 37

Liverpool St Helens made their first ever visit to the scenic setting of Littleborough RUFC, nestling under one of the magnificent viaducts of the M6, at the top end of Hollingworth Lake, the next stop on their new adventure in the ADM Leisurewear Lancashire Premier Division.

A slightly weakened team made the journey, including ex club captain Phil Kearns at Scrum half and Club Chairman Tommy Jackson on the bench, but after 40 minutes no one would have believed it. After 80 minutes it became a bit clearer.

In a tremendous display of running rugby, made possible by a set of forwards winning almost every line out and 50/50 ball, LSH ran in five tries, quite literally. Four of the five tries came down the left wing where Josh Lynch, at outside centre, and Alex McBride had a field day.  They both scored two tries each and featured prominently in the other two. The fourth try, and LSH’s fifth, just before half time was the pick of the bunch, with Lynch on the receiving end of a pinpoint pass from Dan Parkes passing to McBride on the wing. The youngster drew his man before passing back to Lynch who did the same and passed back to McBride to race over to score.

The Lynch McBride show was interspersed by a fine solo try from stand-off Dan Parkes racing over 45 yards after an interception. With McBride slotting a penalty and landing three conversions LSH reached the break 34-0 in front.

The second half was a completely different story. Almost as if the home side had somehow managed to smuggle on 15 replacements and to their great credit, they completely bossed proceedings so much so that the first time LSH entered their 22 was in the 80th minute. During that time they denied LSH possession and registered four tries of their own to earn a well-deserved bonus point. McBride capped a fine day by kicking a penalty in the 80th minute.

A smaller than usual contingent of the Moss Lane Faithful made their way to the Pennine foothills and it was left to Brian and Trevor to put everything in context. ” That was as good a first half display that I have seen for a long time” said Trevor, “ but something went wrong in the second half”. “A wins a win” said Brian, “5 points, the lads did well, now let’s see if we can find our way back to the M62”.

Team

15 Morris 14 McBride 13 Lynch 12 Cunliffe D (Capt) 11 Zaki 10 Parkes 9 Kearns ; 1 Metcalf T 2 Houlton 3 Heywood 4 Royle P 5 Hall 6 Hull 7 Ward 8 Webster; 16 Jackson 17 Arnold 18 Donlevy 19 Potter 20 Rawsthorne.


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