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Altrincham Kersal 18 Liverpool St Helens 30
8:37am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Liverpool St Helens bounced back this week with an excellent win at Altrincham Kersal in North One West.
With Stelfox Avenue not known as an easy place to record a win, LSH thoroughly deserved to return to Moss Lane with the points after producing a commanding all round display.
After an even opening period in which Kersal went ahead in the 7th minute with a penalty from Harry Luscombe, levelled six minutes later by Greg Smith, LSH gradually began to gain greater possession and control the territory.
This was translated into points in the 19th minute when a strong attack down the right was swung swiftly left through Smith, Neil Hull, and Ryan Rogers to Dan Filson on the left for the winger to finish off nicely in the corner, Smith landed the conversion for a seven point lead.
This was almost immediately followed by some careless play from LSH giving the ball away and being punished by the hosts with a try from number 8 Dean Harris. LSH’s efforts earned them a penalty just before the break, successfully landed this time by Smith, after narrowly missing with two earlier in the half, to edge them further in front.
Smith kicked another penalty seven minutes into the second half before setting up the second try ten minutes later. The influential fly half ghosted through the Kersal defence, stood up when tackled and passed to the impressive Jack Weaver who promptly charged over to score, converted by Smith.
Now in the ascendancy LSH went further ahead after 64 minutes when another smart move all along the backs reached Filson, who once again made no mistake, again converted by Smith to lead 30-8.
As so often happens on such occasions, the home side, to their credit, fought back strongly and replied in the 70th and 75th minutes with tries from Josh Cammiss and winger Jack Wise.
Both were unconverted on a day when each side scored three tries and Greg Smiths boot, after taking a while to find his range, accounted for half of LSH’s points. Together with his controlled distribution this was a key factor in the Laners’ success.
Stand in skipper Mario Bonati is now settling into his new role and if LSH can continue to play with the same degree of organisation and discipline in both backs and forwards there could be a lot more to look forward to this season.
This week LSH are at home to Birkenhead Park. Kick off 3pm.