WEST PARK 26 LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 7 (16 February)
West Park avenged their early season ADM Premier League defeat at Moss Lane with a thoroughly convincing win over LSH to even the score for this season, but more importantly to stay on track for league honours, now seemingly in a battle with Widnes. LSH, with three games to go, will need to step up on Saturday’s performance to fight off a group of clubs battling for third place in what has been a surprisingly competitive league.
It all started so well for the visitors with Lee Holland racing 40 yards to score the opening try in the 14th minute, converted by Alex McBride to give LSH the lead. Thereafter the game, allowed to flow by the referee, developed into a very watchable encounter between two sides fully aware of what was at stake.
Then, as so often on such occasions, it is possible to identify a time period or sequence of play which defines the game. At Red Rocks on Saturday, the five minutes either side of half time was LSH’s undoing and lit the spark for an excellent display of rugby from the home side.
In the 36th minute an innocuous West Park attack produced a try out of nothing under the posts following an unopposed run over 25 yards, converted, to leave the scores level 7-
On the restart LSH immediately launched a series of attacks close to the West Park line, all successfully defended before conceding a penalty, 10 yards out in front of the posts. These days it seems that your age defines what to do next. Most spectators over the age of 35 or so will offer the time honoured advice of “take the three”, whilst those not yet of that age will find the urge to “go for it” irresistible. Yes – they went for it, lost the ball and four minutes later West Park scored their second try from a scrum close to the LSH to lead 12-
Thereafter West Park defended two more prolonged attacks on their line from an LSH side giving their all, before running in two more tries from distance in the 55th and 62nd minutes to run out worthy winners.
15 Johnston 14 Holland 13 Gibson 12 Cunliffe D 11 McBride 10 McClurg 9 Wilson D ©; 1 Gore 2 Bonati 3 Heywood
4 Royle 5 Hall 6 Hull 7 Ward 8 Webster; 16 Fryer 17 Houlton 18 Donlevy 19 Arnold 20 Kean.