Liverpool St Helens 20 Vale of Lune 35. LSH gave absolutely everything in their battle for survival in North One West against a strong Vale of Lune side.
However, despite an outstanding first half when they reached half time six points in front, the task ultimately proved beyond them. After some poor recent results this was a game where the Moss Laners needed their team to stand up and be counted.
They did, every single one of them.
The experienced players led from the front with James Burrows and Jake Hodson both outstanding and the youngsters, particularly Danny Burrows, Connor Charlton and James Laycock showed that they have come of age at this level.
Once again fielding a patched up XV including several youngsters, LSH took the lead after five minutes when fly half Neil Hull’s long pass sent winger Matt Cunliffe over for a converted try.
Vale levelled five minutes later when Gareth Tudor burs through from close range, converted by Jack Turton LSH, winning more than their share of possession, regained the lead after 21 minutes when Hull neatly sidestepped through the defensive line to sprint over to score.
Cunliffe converted. Vale were once again stung into action and that led to a try for James Curran, converted by Turton As the game, being played at a frantic pace, approached half time, LSH deservedly edged in front with two successful penalties from Matt Cunliffe to give them a lead.
The second half continued much as the first but it was Vale who registered the all-important first score with a try from Ben Charnley, followed by one from Nick Royle which Turton converted. Replacement flanker Paddy Royle plunged over the line for a consolation.
The game’s last action summed up a splendid afternoon’s entertainment.
As Vale’s impish scrum half Darren Wilson crossed the half way line after picking up a loose ball on his own 22 and was shooting off unchallenged towards the LSH try line, the remaining 29 players were either on the floor or shaking hands. LSH travel Broughton Park. ko 3pm