Lymm triumph again


LYMM Rugby Union notched up another win in their third consecutive away fixture as they won 5-22 at Leigh on Saturday.
Winning three tough games against powerful packs in soggy conditions, while only conceding three tries in total, is proof of their strong defence and dogged determination.
The rotator was in force, again, with Adam Fletcher recalled to his preferred position at 12. Sweetman was benched. Cullinane and Harrison both returned from their travels and Peter Millachip was brought onto the bench to add some experience to the back row.
Lymm dominated play in the first 40 minutes – a try from Dave Williamson on two minutes encapsulating Lymm’s attacking ability. Hughes took contact, released Knowles who found winger Williamson, who scored in the corner. In wet conditions the handling was truly impressive.
Similarly, on seven minutes, a third phase move allowed Lee Pickles to set his man at first receiver – not bad for a second row – and man of the match Ian Cullinane scored his first try for Lymm. Knowles slotted one of these conversions to make it 0-12.
Chris Griffiths went over on 23 minutes after more extravagant skill from Knowles, who again was successful with the kick to make it 0-19
Leigh enjoyed a fine second half and kept the pressure on the league leaders. A try after just 24 seconds of the restart from their rampaging 8 suggested they could upset the form book at 5-19.
A penalty on 60 minutes from Knowles kept the scoring distance, 5-22 and the game petered out as the pitch became tougher and tougher to play on.
Coach Kinsey expressed some concern over the second half performance. “Our offensive patterns and phase speed leaves defences in tatters at times. We have to ensure this lasts 80 mins though. We have two real hard tests before Christmas and there is no room for complacency”.
Director of Rugby Richard Boundy said: “To be honest, any one of the last three games may have been postponed due to the pitch conditions. So for a team with such threat in the backs to win all three against strong forward dominated teams is very impressive. We are proud of our defensive record and that is a great platform for the rest of the season.”
Lymm face Wilmslow at home next Saturday, kick off 2.15pm.
Lymm. 15 Knowles 14 Williamson , 13 Hughes 12 Fletcher C,11 Johnstone ,10 Roberts (Swetman 60) ,9 Griffiths (Broadbent 75) 1 Brown 2 Harrison 3 Cox,4 Pickles ,5 Higginson ,6 Cullinane ,7 Ashall (Millachip 50) 8 Sutton


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