LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 22 WIDNES 24 (8/2/2020)
Both sides did not disappoint a healthy crowd in the much anticipated clash between first and second in the Lancashire ADM Premier League. The visitors came to Moss Lane defending an unbeaten run which stretches back to September 2018 and LSH took the field determined to erase the horrible night under the lights at Widnes before Christmas.
In the event it was an excellent game of rugby between two good sides, well handled by an exchange referee from Bristol, ultimately decided by a strong and decisive comeback from the side who now sit on top of the table by a clear seventeen points.
A first half which saw LSH gain majority possession also saw the first try of the game coming from Widnes in the 12th minute after a textbook catch and dash from a line-
LSH, now with a strongish wind at their backs, completely dominated the next twenty minutes, bringing a reward of two tries. The first was slightly fortuitous when a speculative kick over the Widnes defence bounced free for Andy Bacon to send in young Hennigan for his second try. 15-
In truth, an excellent game had been punctuated by a number errors on both sides, not surprising due to the heavy and blustery conditions. Widnes gradually began to work back into the game after the hour mark and in the final analysis showed no mercy in the 67th and 78th minutes when opportunities came their way. Their third try came when Duggan ran through unopposed to score under the posts 22-
Widnes’ impressive record remains, but the display from Andy Northey’s boys goes some considerable way towards forgetting the night under the lights at Heath Rd last October.
LSH now have a blank week followed by a home fixture on Saturday 22nd February v Oldham.
15 Morris 14 Walker 13 Bacon 12 Mcclurg 11 Hennigan 10 Sexton 9 Wilson 1 Hattingh 2 Bonati 3 Gore 4 Royle (c) 5 Hall 6 Roberts 7 Thompson 8 Hull 16 Metcalfe T 17 Jackson J 18 Potter 19 Webster 20 Shelley