LSH travelled to Widnes looking to maintain their status as league leaders and faced a very experienced home side.

The early exchanges were particularly attritional, with both sides looking to gain the ascendancy through their kicking game.

After an early exchange of missed penalties, and a couple of missed chances by the home side, the LSH forwards eventually gained some momentum.

Matty Cunliffe left his wing to take the ball in centre field and charge through the Widnes defence for a try converted by Matty Wood.

LSH continued where they left off in the second half and Wood added two penalty goals for 13-0.

After a wayward Widnes midfield kick, Wood returned the ball with a mazy run into the Widnes 22 and found Cunliffe on the right wing to complete the 18-0 success.

In an ultra-competitive Counties ADM League, LSH, who host Bolton on Saturday at 3pm, now share top spot with both Didsbury Toc H and Warrington, all on 29 points.

Meanwhile, West Park fell 43-31 at Warrington with a number of new players in their ranks.

In what was a hard-fought contest, some inexperience, and on occasions some erratic defence, proved in the end to be the visitors’ downfall

Two West Park debutants quickly showed their worth, an interception by winger Lewis Caine being duly converted by full back Owain Abel, and another fine try from opposite wing Houlton, similarly converted by Abel, provided a 14-point lead.

After Warrington levelled the scores, Abel followed up an intelligent kick from Caine and cut through to score and convert.

A lack of concentration and poor defence led to Warrington taking the lead with two tries.

Able kicked a penalty to leave Park trailing 28-24 at the break.

West Park regained the lead as Abel fielded a relieving kick from the home side and expertly found hooker Speight in support to score.

As the game progressed however, Warrington had the greater possession in all aspects of the play and made it count with two tries and a penalty to seal the win.

West Park host Aldwinians on Saturday, with the second XV also at home entertaining Tyldesley, with kick offs at 2.30pm.