LYMM Rugby Union celebrated a year of remaining unbeaten at home with a straightforward 25-3 victory over Sandbach.
The last time Lymm were beaten at home was on October 4 2008 and it is a sign of how far they have come in that time that they comfortably secured the points even with key injuries.
The consummate Ian Cullinane had his debut at 7 and Sion Williams was asked to play in the second row .Miksys was benched but coach Kinsey kept faith with his back line for the 4th successive game.
In swirling conditions Lymm had the slight wind advantage in the first half. Early pressure allowed Knowles to take a penalty making it 3-0. Kicking was a dominant issue in this game. Lymm 10 Swetman was able to turn defence into attack with several booming nudges and it was a poor punt from the stuttering Sandbach 15 that led to the first try. Prior to this winger Butler was replaced by front rower Gluth who happily went to 13 for the remainder of the game.
Lymm collected a failed defensive kick and the resulting ruck freed Swetman to blast through 2 midfield tackles. With great support from Fletcher and Ollie Brown the ball found its way to Knowles who surged over the line making it 8-0. Knowles missed the difficult conversion.
Sandbach did register on 26 mins with a Cargill penalty after Lymm offsides. But the half’s last action found Swetman in a mazy run and released top try scorer Dave Williamson to punch through the poor Sandbach defence at 13-3.
Veteran Sutton was replaced on half time by Miksys through injury, forcing Kinsey to make more tactical changes and the big Lithuanian immediately used his power to effect. Scott Harrison going over for a push over try on 47 mins to make it 18-3. Swetman missed the conversion.
On 53 mins inspirational skipper Fletcher went off with a hamstring problem. Replaced by old timer tight head Broadbent, Kinsey was forced to play Williams on the wing. In previous seasons losing three key players would have been a hurdle too high for Lymm but strength in depth in numbers and skill levels allow the team still to function. This was shown on 71 mins when Gluth went over for a try in midfield running an effective line as well as any centre. Swetman notched the conversion. 25-3
Man of the match Swetman felt: “that it was good to get back to winning ways. It was a great all round team performance.”
Even Kinsey was happier saying: “It was a comfortable win against a determined outfit. Changes went begging again which prevented a big score. It will come soon as long as it is underpinned by our consistently strong defence.”
Lymm- 15 D Williamson 14 J Johnstone 13 Knowles 12 Fletcher (C)( Keith Broadbent 52) 11 Butler (Alex Gluth 10) 10 Swetman 9 Griffiths 1 Brown 2 Harrison 3Warrington 4Williams 5Pickles 6Higginson 7 Cullinane 8 Sutton. (Miksys 40).
Pictures show Dave Williamson (top) and Joe Knowles going in for their tries.
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