Lymm march on!


LYMM RUFC continued their fine home form notching their 19 consecutive win, stretching back to Oct 2008.
They impressed by “nilling” the visitors and now hold the record for the best home defence of any team in the top six tiers of English rugby with a paltry 48 points conceded.
The league leaders were able to give a debut to new scrum half, Luke Stringer. Having had spells at Macclesfield, Sedgley Park and Waterloo his experience and quality will be a massive boost to Lymm as they look to secure their first league championship for years.
In an unusual game Lymm started and ended brightly but, frankly, lost the territorial battle in the middle part of the game. The visitors, struggling at the wrong end of the season, will find it hard to believe that they have failed to score a single point against Lymm this season though they dominated possession in both games.
With no games for a fortnight it was important Lymm started well. They did. Williamson notched a hat trick in 17 mins. The first in only 35 seconds, charging down a defensive clearance. When Stringer went over for his first, but probably not his last, try on 24 mins a cricket score looked on the cards.
Injury to hooker Harrison on 25 mins seemed to mark a change in impetus. Tydlesley stepped up and began to create some threat but failed to pierce the impressive Lymm defence. Lymm led 24-0 at the break.
Coach Kinsey finally called up replacements Fletcher and Millachip as Lymm regained some momentum. Jack Johnstone flew over on 71 minutes after a superb break from fly half Hughes and Fletcher.
A 20 metre from old timer Millachip released Knowles on 77 mins and then Johnstone stormed over again after an awesome pass from second rower Pickles. Knowles was a little off colour with his kicking, notching a mere 3 conversions.
Coach Steve Rule reflected. “To score 41 points without reply when we had less than fifty per cent of the ball shows how dangerous we are in possession and how strong we are in defence” Kinsey mirrored this view “considering the 2 week break we looked sharp in attack but we must be aware of the factors that deny us possession. It will be tough next week against a team who, apparently, are trying to buy their way out of relegation”’
Debutant Stringer seemed impressed saying: “We started really well, generating quick ball and moving them about, which our outside backs enjoyed, scoring some good tries. However we let our foot off the gas in the middle part and let them back in. I though the scoreline was just and we deserved the points. The lads have welcomed me with open arms and I have settled in really quickly and I am enjoying rugby again”
Lymm travel to Lancaster to play a recently reinforced Vale of Lune.
Team: 1.Ollie Brown 2 Scott Harrison (Danny Bates) 3 Keith Broadbent 4. Ollie Higginson, 5. Lee Pickles 6 Ian Cullinane 7 Jake Ashall 8. Mark Sutton ( Peter Millachip) 9 Luke Stringer 10. Tom Hughes 11 Richard Butler (Adam Fletcher )12 Mike Swetman 13 Dave Williamson 14 Jack Johnstone 15. Joe Knowles (c)


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