This match, after surviving an early morning inspection and billed as the game of the season for both clubs, did not disappoint. Played in extremely heavy conditions with signs marking the shallow and deep ends, both sides produced a hugely watchable game full of incident, good rugby and a fair amount of controversy.

LSH fielded seven players from the previous week’s second XV, but you would not have known. Ultimately however, Glossop are a team almost invincible on their own patch and so it proved. They had significant superiority in the scrum and ominously for the Moss Lanners made it pay as early as the fifth minute with a pushover try, converted. 7-0.

This was followed soon after with the sight of Sean Richardson, making his first team debut, on the receiving end of an off-the-ball encounter with his opposite number centre, resulting in the Glossop lad receiving his marching orders from the referee.  

LSH with the half back pairing of Darren Wilson and Alex McClurg working hard to take their side forward and non-stop effort from Hull, Mitchell and Webster in the back row, gained sufficient territory to launch a number of attacks on the Glossop line. Sadly all failed, with a try scored by McClurg close to the corner flag disallowed by the referee after the sporting Glossop flagman had signalled a try. Soon after, worse was to come for LSH when a kick and chase from distance saw Glossop’s second try awarded in dubious circumstances. Was the ball actually touched? Yes or no? In the absence of technology at Hargate Hill the answer was yes.  12-0

And so a half which saw both sides create three chances each, with Glossop scoring from two, ended with the home side 12-0 in front.

Another pushover try, converted, enabled Glossop to begin the second half as they had the first,   19-0 before LSH finally got some reward for their huge effort in the 67th minute when, after a loose ball was kicked ahead, Matty Cunliffe won a race from 20 yards to touch down. 19-5  

Glossop’s strength began to tell in the final ten minutes and after constant pressure they crossed for their fourth and bonus point try in the 77th minute, converted, 26-5. LSH were not quite done and there was time for the in-form Cunliffe to score after another kick and chase, this time from a stamina sapping 70 yards. 26-10

A mention once again for the outstanding hospitality from the Glossop club. They certainly lead the way in making visitors welcome.


15 Morris 14 Thompson 13 Cunliffe M 12 Richardson 11 Lynch 10 McClurg 9 Wilson © 1 MaCauley

2 Bonati 3 Gore 4 Donlevy 5 Hall 6 Hull 7 Mitchell 8 Webster 16 Metcalf 17 Arnold 18 Kearns