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Lymm take the spoils

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LYMM took the points in terrible conditions at Crouchley Lane after a last minute rain storm threatened a late postponement.
Lymm’s strengths are in excellent defence, forward mobility and pace in the backs. The weather may have nullified some of these weapons and the visitors, often strong at the set piece, would be a genuine threat.
Versatile captain Fletcher was recalled to the wing as coach Kinsey maintained the centre partnership of Williamson and Swetman. Harrison was back at 2 and Sion Williams benched.
Any concerns over the Lymm game plan were allayed after 90 seconds. Scum half, livewire Griffiths going over after supporting man of the match Higginson. Knowles converted for 7-0.
A nasty high tackle gave Knowles the chance to take 3 more points on 20 mins. He was successful again on 34 mins after another Park penalty making it 13-0.
It was an excellent first half from Lymm. The visitors were outplayed in all areas and the half time talk was about turning the domination into points.
Less than a minute into the second half first phase possession from Lymm allowed Pickles to find space and offload outrageously to Swetman who took two defenders allowing Higginson to go over and make it 18-0.
That was all Lymm were going to register as Broughton Park’s superior handling skills in the weather pressurised Lymm into conceding penalties. O’Brien penalties on 51 and 64 brought the score to 18-6.
The visitors never looked like scoring a try and the game petered out as more rain swept in.
Coach Kinsey was positive. “It shows the strength in depth when we can pick Adam Fletcher on the wing. He was outstanding. His range of kicking and running skills
suggest that maybe he is a natural 14 after all. It was like reeling back the years to when David Strettle was playing. I thought he was pure class today. Real food for thought.”
First team coach Tom Hughes, again sidelined through injury, felt that “we showed the ability to play a range of styles and conditions and showed that the success so far comes on the back of very strong defensive work. This is the 3rd game without a try conceded”
This week Lymm travel to Birkenhead Park for the Semi Final of the Cheshire Cup.2.15pm kick off.
Lymm. 15 Knowles 14 Fletcher C, 13 Williamson ,12 Swetman ,11 Johnstone ,10 Roberts ,9 Griffiths 1 Brown 2 Harrison,3 Cox(Broadbent 60) ,4 Pickles ,5 Higginson ,6 Cullinane ,7 Ashall 8 Sutton (Williams 60)Reps Kinsey

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