Wilmslow 13 Liverpool St Helens 39

Three tries in each half was a just reward for Liverpool St Helens as they turned in an impressive display at Pownall Park. Making the most of the perfect rugby conditions they proved too strong for a determined Wilmslow side and continued their excellent start to this year’s North One West campaign.

After an initial fifteen minutes in which both sides measured each other up LSH took the lead after good work from flanker Jamie Clare led to Matt Cunliffe bursting down the left wing before passing to stand off Greg Smith who ran through to score.

Paul McLindon converted. Ian Stanley scored the second on 22 minutes after more good work from the pack saw McLindon and Smith combining to release the flying winger to finish in the right hand corner to put LSH 12-0 in front.

Wilmslow, competitive throughout, hit back with a try from centre Richard Hughes, bursting through the midfield to touch down. Unfortunately for the home side the conversion was missed, a problem area for them all afternoon.

LSH immediately went on the attack and strong play from number 8 Sean Mackin won a penalty, converted by McLindon.

Jack Harrison landed a penalty for Wilmslow in the 35th minute, before LSH went further ahead just before the break after winger Matt Cunliffe performed a near acrobatic miracle to stay in play and dive inside the corner flag to score the third try.

Wilmslow struck first in the second half to make it 13-20, after a series of line-outs, one of their strengths, close to the LSH line. In the 50th minute they swung the ball all along their backs to winger Ben Day who did the rest. Sadly for the home side that was just about it as the remaining 30 minutes belonged to LSH.

Five minutes later the current trend of aimless ping pong kicking was brought to a halt by full back Neil Hull who produced a clever short range kick over the Wilmslow backs.

Running round and taking the ball on the bounce Hull released McLindon from 35 metres to run on and score.

After a period of consolidation LSH scored twice more in the last ten minutes. Scrum half Matt Gaines finished off a strong forwards drive when diving over from close range, converted by Smith. Stanley then grabbed his second try of the afternoon two minutes from time after receiving a clever cross field kick from Smith, who then converted the try.

This week LSH entertain league leaders Vale of Lune at Moss Lane. Kick off 3pm.

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