LSH 2nd XV 23pts - 18pts TYLDESLEY 2nd XV – CUP QUARTER FINAL - 18th November 2017

The Moss Laners did us proud again with a truly great win against a quality unbeaten Tyldesley...

With key players Sean and George injured, it would be a tougher test but such is the strength of this developing squad that the full 18 make the weekly selection difficult and again a quality side was selected.

Fly-half Jamie Morris quickly got the score board moving with 2 penalties, however Tyldesley responded with a converted try and a quick penalty making the score 6-10 after 20 minutes. The Tyldesley scrum and lineout were powerful and well trained causing lots of problems for the LSH pack; but after building pressure in the opposition 22, youngster Chris Hull picked up a loose ball to go over right under the sticks. Morris converted and followed with a penalty to make the half time score 16-10.  We were in a game for sure. A well disciplined contest from both teams.

As per the pre match team talk coach Sean Casey asked the lads to maintain the attitude and desire and to work for each other and stick to the game plan whilst reminding them that such opportunities as this don’t often occur.

Tyldesley brought on some big guns as replacements, however the belief in the Moss Laners was undiminished.

Tyldesley showed their quality with an unconverted try, followed by a penalty.  With the score 16-18 the lads had to keep focus and not force the play. The clock was ticking and with 10 minutes to go Connor Thompson was put nicely into space after Chris Hull broke the line and slipped a neat pop pass.  Morris converted leaving the game finely poised at 23-18 to LSH.

Tyldesley never gave up and worked hard to break the LSH defence. With 2 minutes to go LSH had some pressure on the Tyldesley 10m but lost the ball in the ruck.  Tyldesley broke down the left wing leaving Full-back Mathew Gibson as last man to make a fantastic one on one tackle to prevent a certain potentially match winning score. What a tackle!

LSH then ground out the last few seconds to put the match to bed – Super Result!

With a crowd of over 60 watching, including many of the first team squad, it was a real boost to the team.  The whole team was given the man of the match for such an all round determined performance. Now for the semi final, March 2018.

Squad: Dave Pickavance, Danny Edgerton, Tom Williamson,Connor Glynn, Chris Hull, Craig Foster, Will Game (Captain), Connor Thompson, Ben Davies, Jamie Morris, Dave Sutton, Craig Lyon, Alex McBride, Jamal Zaki, Matty Gibson, Joe Donlevy, Joe Bate, Dave Cunliffe.

Paul Killilea