LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 26 ANSELMIANS 17
The much anticipated clash between the second and third placed teams in South Lancashire/Cheshire One did not disappoint. This was a game of the highest quality. In another complete team performance the three youngsters in the Liverpool St Helens back row, Hull, Roberts and Webster were outstanding whilst Matt Cunliffe playing at full back contributed 21 of LSH’s points.
Playing with a strong wind at their backs LSH went ahead in the seventh minute with a Matt Cunliffe penalty. 3-
Anselmians, a different outfit from previous seasons, then showed their speed and power, launching a number of strong attacks from midfield all of which were met with an equally strong and determined LSH defence. The rest of the half was scoreless and the Moss Lane Faithful spent most of the break wondering if a ten point lead would be enough when playing against the strong wind.
In truth the wind had by now lessened but this in itself couldn’t explain LSH’s explosive start to the second half. They attacked straight from the restart with Alex McClurg travelling deep towards the Anselmians line before slipping over. The recycled ball reached Matt Cunliffe who scored closed to the right hand corner flag. 15-
The visitors responded almost immediately, and how, with two unconverted tries in the next five minutes, the first from close range and the second from distance to bring them back into the game at 23-
Anselmians persevered and were rewarded with a converted try in the 78th minute, 26 -
15 Cunliffe M 14 Lynch 13 McClurg 12 Cunliffe D 11 Thompson 10 Johnston 9 Wilson (capt) 1 McCauley 2 Houlton 3 Fryer 4 Royle 5 Gore 6 Hull 7 Roberts 8 Webster 16 Heywood 17 Hall 18 Rawsthorne