This much awaited local derby in the Lancashire ADM Premier League, played in front of a sizeable and passionate crowd, most certainly did not disappoint. In every aspect, except the final score, it was an even game.

The scores were level at half time, 3-3, with penalties landed by Matty Wood and Ryan Littler; the penalty count was even (well nearly) 9/8; The visitors, playing with the squally rain and swirling wind had the better of the first half whilst LSH had domination in the second, until the fateful last few minutes; and both sides scored two tries.

LSH winger Sam Walker broke the deadlock after 56 minutes, just reaching out to the line following a fine run, followed by a touchline conversion from Wood. 10-3. West Park hit back with another Littler penalty thirteen minutes later, 10-6, before LSH made their pressure tell in the 72nd minute after a Park clearance kick was charged down and Matty Cunliffe battled his way over under the posts, converted again by Wood for a 17-6 lead.

LSH, for whom full back Matty Johnston had a fine game throughout, then found themselves on the back foot for the remainder of the game. West Park inspired by the introduction of Mauire Faasavalu for his second stint, gradually worked their way back into contention. With time running out centre John Pape carved his way through the LSH defence to send in Lee Daniel for a converted score 17-13 to set up a grandstand finish.

LSH appeared to be holding on until deep into time added on, a disastrous fumble on their own line led to West Park gaining unexpected possession and the ball was swung left for the winning try from Jack Holland.

LSH’s game at Widnes this weekend is now on Friday night (8th) KO 7.30      

John Williams

John Williams