OLDHAM 24 LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 0
Liverpool St Helens’ recent good run came to an abrupt end at a wet and windy Oldham when the home side, after narrowly beating LSH at Moss Lane earlier in the season, notched up a notable double.
Despite the recent heavy rain the pitch was in remarkably good condition for the ADM Premiership’s battle of the top two clubs. LSH made much the better start, taking the game to Oldham with direct running particularly from Alex McBride and Sean Richardson, but all too often the ball was turned over by a well drilled and organised Oldham defence.
As a result Oldham went ahead in their first attack in the 18th minute with a try in the left hand corner. With LSH’s line out and scrum working well they saw plenty of possession and spent the majority of the first half in the opposition half. A concentrated sequence of drives around the half hour mark saw the home side concede three penalties in quick succession with LSH just one yard or less from the line, the second infringement bringing a yellow card. Inexplicably the referee did not award a penalty try and the subsequent lineout was lost. From that moment on LSH seemed to lose their way.
The second half belonged exclusively to Oldham, scoring three tries and converting two with a controlled display that was far too good for LSH on the day. Despite skipper Darren Wilson’s best efforts, LSH produced very little of any note.
15 McBride 14 Zaki 13 Lynch 12 Richardson 11 Thompson 10 McClurg 9 Wilson 1 Metcalfe T 2 Bonati 3 Gore 4 Potter 5 Hall 6 Hull 7 Ward 8 Webster 16 Williamson 17 Donlevy 18 Houlton.