26 January 2019

Liverpool St Helens continued their great adventure in the newly formed Lancashire Leagues ADM Premier Division with a first time visit to East Manchester and one of the regions friendliest and traditional of clubs, Aldwinians. They returned to Moss Lane with the job done and a valuable bonus point in the process.

This was a day however, when LSH were far from their best, particularly in the first half when an error strewn performance could have left them well adrift at half time. That they weren’t, was partly due to the blustery conditions causing problems for both sides but mainly, as on previous occasions this season, because their strong and effective defence got them out of trouble, particularly close to the line. As it was they were 5-3 down after 20 minutes before reaching half time 8-5 in front, courtesy of an opportunist blindside run from Darren Wilson to score unopposed.  

The weather worsened in the second half, as LSH seemed to get better. Six minutes into the half saw a decent attack continued by Matt Cunliffe before he was pulled up just short of the line only for flanker Chris Hull to finish off to dive over for the second try. 5-15. Aldwinians then strung a few moves together and took advantage of two simple penalties to reduce the arrears to 11-15 by the 54th minute.

Thereafter LSH assumed control with a fine try down the left flank from winger Alex McBride, converted by him from the touchline 11-22. With less than a handful of points separating four teams at the top of the league the need for a fourth try was crucial. No surprise then that in the 70th minute the skipper literally took matters into his own hands and from a scrum 30 yards out nipped around the blindside and looped round to score under the posts.


15 Kean 14 McBride 13 Cunliffe M 12 Cunliffe D 11 Holland 10 Johnston 9 Lynch 1 Gore 2 Houlton 3 Heywood 4 Royle 5 Hall 6 Hull 7 Webster 8  Kearns.           16 Metcalfe T 17 Jackson 18 Wilson D.  

John Willams