LYMM Rugby Union Club maintained their excellent run in the league taking the points in a hard fought victory at Crouchley Lane beating New Brighton 14-10 to record thier 13th consecutive home victory in league and cup games.
Jack Warrington was available for selection and he replaced old timer Broadbent but Pickles, after his man of the match display the week before, was preferred to the returning Calderbank. Alex Gluth started in the back row and promising colt Sam Mullarkey was chosen on the bench.
In a game littered with handling errors and hard defence, in great conditions, Lymm will still feel disappointed not to see their enterprising backs spark into action.
Indeed for the third consecutive game it was a piece of individual magic that eventually delivered the win.
New Brighton play with effective, though ponderous, efficiency. If you keep giant Tongan Kati quiet they rarely offer any other threat and this proved the case.
Lymm fell behind, again, with a penalty on 7 minutes after Mark Sutton was penalised but a lovely try from Dave Williamson (pictured right) on 26 gave them the lead.
Playing at 13 he carved through the defence to score under the posts. Knowles slotted the conversion, 7-3 at the break.
With Alex Gluth stopping the south sea islanders every time Lymm were still unable to deliver anything meaningful to their wingers. Dropped balls in try scoring positions and the failure to see a three man overlap suggested that perhaps the failure to convert would cost. However a poor defence kick was collected by Williamson who ran, untouched, 40 metres to score his second of the match. Knowles was successful again. 14-3.
With Miksys sin binned on 78 mins and New Brighton applying forward domination for the first time in the match a try was inevitable on 80 mins completing the scoring at 14-10.
Coach Kinsey felt that “it was a good result but we are still not out of second gear. Another strong defensive performance saw the visitors completely nullified” and match winner Williamson suggested that “we could have put this to bed by half time if we finished half the chances we created.”
This was Lymm’s 13th consecutive home victory in league and cup in a run that is almost a year long. Kinsey and captain Fletcher talked about Crouchley Lane being a fortress and this is clearly the case. Next Saturday Lymm travel to an improving Northwich side for a 3pm kick off.
Team: 1. Ollie Brown 2. Scott Harrison, 3.Jack Warrington 4. Darius Miksys, 5. Lee Pickles 6. Alex Gluth, 7. Ollie Higginson, 8. Mark Sutton 9. Chris Griffiths, 10. Mike Swetman, 11. Richard Butler, 12. Adam Fletcher (Capt), 13 Joe Knowles, 14. Jack Johnstone 15. David Williamson. Rep Sam Mullarkey, Rob Calderbank, Keith Broadbent.
Penrith 2s 11 V Lymm 2s 34
An eye opening victory for Lymm 2s at Penrith. Lymm maintained their 100% record and indeed their 11 match unbeaten run in all competitions with tries from Andy Richardson, John Mcpartland, Adam Ferguson (2) and Luke Johnstone. Pat Roberts kicked 3 conversions and Tom Baker 1.
Director of Rugby Richard Boundy had praise for the team. “It wasn’t long ago that a three hour trip to Penrith would have made it difficult to actually field a competitive team but captain Andy Norcott has done a tremendous job creating real spirit and a team that players want to get into. These performances will give us some tough selection decisions this week!”