LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 22 HEATON MOOR 26      (2 March 2019)

Moss Lane was treated to yet another entertaining and exciting game in the ADM Premiership as LSH narrowly lost to a sprightly and well organised Heaton Moor side. This was always going to be a close encounter following LSH’s one point win at the Moor and so it proved.

The visitors took the lead with a try in the right hand corner after 14 minutes before LSH hit back with a try from Darren Wilson picking up on a strong break from Dave Cunliffe to race home from 20 yards. Alex McBride converted. The skipper started the game in unfamiliar territory at outside centre, enabling young Oscar Fearns to move up from the 2nd XV to make his debut at scrum half. The lad can be well pleased with his efforts as can Sam Walker making his debut on the left wing.

In an even contest, Heaton Moor went back in front scoring unopposed from a breakaway on the half way line, converted for a 7-12 lead.  Just before the break a fine move by the LSH back row saw John Arnold charging to the line, passing to Sam Ward who offloaded to Danny Webster for the try. 12-12 at half time.

The second half progressed much as the first with the visitors edging ahead again in the 53rd minute, a lead cancelled out after 67 minutes by a try from Dave Cunliffe, charging over the line after a pass from Wilson,  after significant LSH pressure. This levelled up the game at 19-19.

LSH continued to take the game to the opposition and were rewarded with a penalty after 74 minutes, converted by McBride to put them three points in front. Heaton Moor in turn immediately hit back when the LSH defence seemed to be caught unawares as once again a try was scored from half way, unopposed. Converted for a 22-26 score line.

In every game you need a bit of luck and particularly in an even close game you need one or two key decisions to go your way. In truth LSH had not been at their best for most of the afternoon and were certainly caught napping for two of Heaton Moor’s tries, But they didn’t really deserve the sort of luck that denied them possibly one or even two tries in the last frantic five minutes or so. Many observers thought Danny Webster had scored by placing the ball against the goalpost padding and soon after Prop Kenny Heywood appeared to ground the ball on the line itself. The man in charge didn’t think so and LSH’S last ditch effort had failed. That’s Rugby!


15 Johnston 14 McBride 13 Wilson 12 Cunliffe D 11 Walker 10 McClurg 9 Fearns 1 Gore 2 Bonati 3 Heywood 4 Royle 5 Forster 6 Arnold 7 Ward 8 Webster 16 Williamson 17 Houlton 18 Donlevy 19 Hall 20 Rawsthorne

John Williams