OLDHAM 24 LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 22
This was Liverpool St Helens second group qualifying game in the ADM MJ Worsley Cup having already beaten Heaton Moor 36-
Not that this fully explains the alarmingly inept performance of LSH in the second half of this match having led 22-
An Alex McBride penalty gave LSH an early lead but was soon followed by the award of a penalty try to Oldham. From that point on LSH took control through a series of direct and determined midfield runs, spearheaded by Alex McClurg and Dave Cunliffe. In the 22nd minute one such charge saw new recruit Jordan Gibson race over the line under the posts to score, converted by McBride. 7-
Maybe both sides had mathematicians within their huddles at half time but for the next 40 minutes the home side seriously upped the tempo to score three more tries, with the winner coming in the last minute. LSH had not been helped by Craig Forster’s red card for a dangerous tackle early in the half leaving them with just 14 men and they had no answer to Oldham’s second half salvo which saw them record their third win over LSH this season.
Nevertheless, subject to the machinations of the League administrators, LSH can look forward to a cup semi-
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