Lymm lose battle of sin bins!


LYMM Rugby Union’s title charge came to a shuddering halt against Burnage as they went down 6-20 now needing just two victories from the last four games to clinch the title.
Lymm were, and still, in the best position but another performance of this ineptitude will seriously question their championship credentials.
Injury to pivotal 10 Roberts meant that Hughes switched from centre. Broadbent was recalled to tight head to provide some strength in the set piece. Burnage play an effective, forward dominated game and were too strong at the breakdown and their midfield defence easily marshalled the unusually flat Lymm attack. Indeed the Lymm man of the match was Mike Swetman who came on at 10 after 55 mins. Perhaps the score would have been different with Roberts or Swetman at 10?
The game hung on two sin bins. Broadbent, in one of his many offences, was adjudged to be offside, fly hacking in the middle of a ruck. Burnage took the kick to touch, won the line out and then pushed over from 20 metres against 14 men. However when influential 8 Hewitt was binned on 75 mins and the score at 10-6 to Burnage Lymm sniffed an unlikely victory but failed to make any attacking moves and indeed were penalised three times in attack robbing them of the possession needed.
Coach Kinsey was furious and unavailable for comment. The dressing room was sombre but Lymm’s man of the match Swetman captured the post match feelings perfectly saying:“Maybe we have been guilty of believing our own hype. The league isn’t won yet and hopefully this is the kick up the backside we needed to find the right attitude over the next few weeks. We have two big training sessions this week to put it right and come out with all guns blazing for Leigh.”
Director Of Rugby Boundy was more relaxed saying: “You don’t become a bad team overnight and this happens in every sport at this time of the season. Credit to Burnage . They had a plan, executed to perfection. We need to regroup, think about what happened and play to our strengths not the opposition’s. Having said that you will do well to win any game when you concede 14-15 penalties. We need to be more disciplined and controlled.”
Lymm entertain Leigh on Saturday and know that they still need two wins from the last for games, two of which are against other promotion contenders.
Team: 1.Danny Bates 2 Tim Oakes 3 Keith Broadbent 4. Ollie Higginson, 5. Lee Pickles 6 Jake Ashall (Sam Mullarkey) 7 Ian Cullinane 8. Mark Sutton (Darius Miksys) 9 Chris Kinsey 10. Tom Hughes 11 Richard Butler 12 Adam Fletcher C 13 Dave Williamson 14 Jack Johnstone 15. Joe Knowles


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