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Widnes 34 Liverpool St Helens 18
12:11pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
Liverpool St Helens failed to reproduce their previous week’s cup performance losing out to Widnes in their opening North One West League fixture.
Despite plenty of possession and huge effort they just came up short in most areas of the game and were ultimately outplayed on the day.
LSH got off to the worst possible start when former Moss Lane flanker Mike Garrity intercepted a wayward LSH pass in the first 60 seconds and gratefully ran 30 metres to touch down, converted by Matty Smith for a 7-0 lead.
LSH hit back though, four minutes later, when from a lineout close to the Widnes line, a catch and drive saw Phil Kearns touchdown for the opening score. LSH continued to press and Widnes’ tendency to concede penalties should have cost them when, to all observers but those closest to the action, the flagmen, Greg Smith slotted one, only for the score to remain the same.
Always looking dangerous on the break, Widnes went further ahead through Paul Borg after a 40 metre dash to the line, followed on the 20 minute mark by a good try from Tom McMuldroch evading three tackles to score, converted by Smith for a 17-5 lead. LSH continued to hit back and another series of penalties against the home side saw them rumble the ball up field for Kearns once again, amidst a pile of falling bodies, to claim a touchdown. On this occasion it was only the referee who thought differently, and as the saying goes – that’s rugby! They did however reduce the arrears three minutes from half time when youngster Jimmy Laycock scooted clear out of nowhere to run in a spectacular try from 45 metres, converted by Greg Smith. Matty Smith landed a penalty for Widnes just before the break for a 20-12 scoreline.
A trio of early penalties, two for LSH and one for Widnes moved the score to 23-18 and the game was still very much in the balance before Matty Smith landed another to edge them further ahead 26-18 in the 59th minute. This was followed five minutes later by a try from Jon Hetherington to put the home side thirteen points in front.
LSH continued to give as good as they got and breaks from Neil Hull and Jake Hodson came close before yet another penalty against Widnes, just before the close, saw Greg Smith hit one of the uprights. Unfortunately for LSH Chris Atkin pounced on the ball and kicked a drop goal to make it 34-18.
This Saturday Wigton are the visitors to Moss Lane. Kick off 3pm.