AFTER three substantial wins at the start of 2020, Liverpool St Helens found things much tougher against a well organised and very determined Liverpool Collegiate side.

Ultimately the visitors efforts brought them a half time lead, denied LSH a bonus point and in the final analysis they were desperately unlucky not to return to the College with a point themselves.

LSH won 24-14 and can reflect on a game where they were not at their most fluent but were strong enough and determined enough to fight back in the second half for the win which keeps them in the top three in the ADM Premier League.

Collegiate kicked off with a strong wind at their backs with LSH having the better of the early exchanges.

It was however not until the 29th minute that hooker Joe Jackson broke out from a lineout to score, converted by Morris. The visitors then enjoyed a purple patch running in two converted tries in the 36th and 40th minutes to go into the break 7-14 in front.

LSH made decent use of the wind in the second half although this seemed to be at a cost of ignoring their recent strength of running other teams of their feet. However their control of territory brought a fine try from fly half Rob Sexton, scything through the Collegiate defence, converted by Morris, to level the score. Clearly benefitting from assistance off the bench, particularly from a busy Connor Roberts, they went ahead through speedster Rory Hennigan, finishing off a good move, after 68 minutes, converted again by Morris, who then extended the lead six minutes later with a penalty.

On Saturday LSH look forward to the game against league leaders Widnes. The game is at Moss Lane (2.15) after the fixture between the two clubs earlier in the season was reversed.