LIVERPOOL St Helens triumphed in the first round of the newly established Lancashire Leagues M J Worsley and Sons Cup, defeating Heaton Moor 36-11.

Both sides had identical playing records in the ADM Premiership and it certainly looked like it for a lot of the game. LSH’s total dominance in the scrum however, ultimately told, together with the excellent use of their two pacy wingmen Lee Holland and Alex McBride and an assured performance from Jamie Morris at full back.

It was Holland who opened the scoring in the 12th minute with an electrifying burst from 60 yds, converted by McBride. This was followed by a period of play which had a big influence on the game, dominated by the visitors attacking the LSH line for over ten minutes. The LSH defence held firm and Heaton Moor, for all their efforts came away with just three points. Two minutes later Holland raced over again for his second try, again converted and LSH reached the half hour mark 14-3 ahead.

The visitors fought back and registered their own try after 34 minutes before Holland started and finished an excellent move along the backs to notch up his second hat-trick of tries in two games.

Heaton Moor landed a penalty early in the second half but that was it from them as the strong and co-ordinated forward play from LSH seemed to take its toll, particularly from the hour mark. Centre Dan Parkes extended the lead after 62 minutes with a fine try before Paddy Royle scored his second try in as many games, sprinting in from 10 yards after a good break from McBride, who kicked the conversion. Five minutes from the end Sam Ward scored LSH’S sixth try to emphasise the win, although a 25 point loss was a touch more than the Heaton Moor lads deserved.

This week LSH return to league action at Moss Lane v Aldwinians 3pm.