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Wilmslow 27 Liverpool St Helens 24
12:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
For the second week running Liverpool St Helens’ game was decided by the last kick of the match. This time however it was the boot of Wilmslow’s Lawrence James that earned the home side a win in a game of fluctuating fortunes that neither side deserved to lose.
This was a fast paced affair in which Wilmslow made a terrific start going 21-0 up after 20 minutes before spending the next 60 almost entirely on the back foot.
LSH somehow recovered from the dreadful opening to dominate possession and work their way back into the game, ultimately drawing level with a Greg Smith penalty almost on the final whistle at 24-24. There was however one final twist in this gripping encounter when seconds later in the final play of the match Wilmslow were awarded a penalty 35 yards out. James, having already missed two from a similar range, stepped up to kick it over.
Wilmslow’s commanding lead came from tries in the 9th, 16th and 20th minutes from full back Ben Day, winger Lawrence James and second rower Mike Clifford, all converted by James. 21-0 down with a quarter of the game gone, LSH’s admirable response was to regroup, keep possession and with patience, work back into the game.
Sparked by incisive running from Connor Charlton and Jamie Laycock, both now clearly establishing themselves at this level, together with excellent interventions from Jake Hodson and Ian Stanley the Moss Laners began to assert.
It was an initial break from Charlton which saw prop Adam Glover, prominent throughout, charge towards the Wilmslow line before passing to Greg Smith who in turn passed to Ian Stanley for the full back to open the scoring for LSH in the 27th minute. Smith converted. Wilmslow hit back soon after with a penalty from James.
Minutes later many observers thought LSH had scored a second try through winger Dan Filson, only for the Wilmslow assistant referee to adjudge that the LSH winger had stepped into touch. Undeterred LSH continued to dominate and scored again just before half time when Greg Smith jinked his way over before converting his own try for a 24-14 scoreline.
The second half saw much of the same with LSH taking the game to the home side who in turn, put up stern resistance.
The third try did come after 63 minutes when a strong forwards move down the right hand side, with Mark Potter and Phil Kearns leading the way, saw Stanley emerge to dash over for the try, again converted by Smith.
Now just three points adrift LSH continued to pressure and two attacks down the left flank should have brought scores for LSH but the all important final pass failed to materialise.
Smith coolly slotted a 40 yarder to draw them level before Wilmslow and Lawrence James had the final say.
This week LSH are at home to Wirral. Kick off 3pm.