LSH 2nd XV 81pts – 0pts Congleton 1st XV – 3rd February 2018

LSH got straight back onto the gas pedal and breezed past a weak opposition to stay 3rd in the table.  Credit to Congleton who kept at it despite the heavy incoming fire…

John Arnold at blind-side flanker ran some powerful angles scoring the first try in trademark style. Morris converted and straight from the kick off speedy McBride broke through and he converted his own effort. 14-0.  Next up and worthy of a try was Craig Forster who impresses week on week. McBride converted 21-0.  Fullback Mathew Gibson then scored with Chris Hall quickly following and crashing over for his first for the club. Morris converted 33-0.  Will Game came on from the bench and impressed scoring a nice try with Joe Donlevy converting.

By half time LSH had racked up a 40 – 0 score-line, had rested the entire front row and evened the pack by going to uncontested scrums after 20 minutes.  Shame there was no opposition as this was the strongest pack fielded for a while.       Half time score 40-0.

The temptation to play champagne rugby was tempered by Coach Sean Casey and the team were left in no uncertain terms that they were to play rugby and keep to the plan.

LSH took a couple of players off to even the game and Congleton never gave up but were no real threat.

From deep in his half right wing Jamal Zaki caught a kick and ran it back breaking through to get to the opposition 22 and then LSH moved the ball through the hands of the back line with real pace and accuracy to allow McBride at outside centre to go over for a real quality try just left of the sticks.  This was what the coaches wanted to see. Morris converted 47-0.

Ever reliable fullback Gibson then scored for his brace followed by Sean Richardson converted by McBride score-line now 59-0.  No8 Craig Forster got his brace next and Morris ran menacingly at the opposition and with a show n go bamboozled the Congleton defence to create space for his try.  He converted to make the score 69-0.  Congleton didn’t concede but LSH carried on playing effective rugby.  John Arnold then crashed in for his 2nd of the match, Joe Donlevy converting.  Final try and the icing on the cake from Sean Richardson (good catch from pacey pass).              Final score 81-0.

Squad: 1. Dave Pickavance, 2. Connor Glynn, 3. Carl Woods, 4. George Gates, 5. Chris Hall,

6. John Arnold, 7. Connor Thompson, 8. Craig Forster, 9. Ben Davies, 10, Jamie Morris,

11. Andy Rawsthorne, 12, Sean Richardson, 13, Alex McBride, 14. Jamal Zaki, 15. Mathew Gibson, Subs

Will Game, Joe Donlevy, Barry Ratcliffe.

Next match is on the 17th February when LSH entertain table toppers Helsby at Moss Lane in what should be a real cracker of a contest.

Paul Killilea