After all the deliberations and discussions during the past twelve months about which league to play in, Liverpool St Helens, like most of the clubs in Lancashire, having opted for a more practical and appropriate set of fixtures for the club and its players, opened up last Saturday by entertaining Didsbury Toc H in the Lancashire Leagues ADM Premier Division.

Eighty minutes later they were left in absolutely no doubt about what faces them in the season ahead. Completely outplayed by the Manchester outfit, particularly in the second half, they had no answer to the urgency, speed and desire of the visitors.  Looking decidedly undercooked on a return to league action and despite three first half tries, they failed to get a grip on the game although the back row of John Arnold, Connor Thompson and Danny Webster worked hard all afternoon as did skipper Darren Wilson.  

The first half was a frantic and entertaining affair with LSH scoring first through a Josh Lynch interception from the half way line almost immediately followed by a try from Didsbury Winger Rory Gibson. Alec McBride finished off a nice move to bag LSH’s second, cancelled out by a second try from Gibson who ran in another a few minutes later for his hat-trick to give the visitors a 14-19 lead.  The ever reliable Matt Cunliffe then produced a solo effort just before half time to take LSH into the break, with Dan Filson registering his third conversion, 21-19 in front.

Dan Filson slotted a penalty shortly after the restart and what then followed was a procession of five tries from the visitors, only interrupted by a sending off for Dave Cunliffe, in an otherwise game of few penalties.  LSH showed a glimpse of what might have been with a late rally, bring a try from Andrew Rawsthorne.


15 Johnston 14 McBride 13 Cunliffe M 12 Cunliffe D 11 Lynch 10 Filson 9 Wilson (capt) 1 Gore 2 Bonati 3 Heywood 4 Royle

5 Hall 6 Arnold 7 Thompson 8 Webster 16 Fryer 17 Rawsthorne 18 Kean 19 Kearns 20 Hull

John Williams