Clock Face Miners 18
Halton Simms Cross 12
After four weeks without a game, Clock got back to winning ways with this hard-fought win.
Despite playing against the strong wind, it was Clock who got off the mark first.
A fine move upfield was finished off when Mark Gibson slipped the ball to Adam McGowan, who burst through from 20 metres to score behind the posts, with Sean Forber adding the conversion.
It did not take Simmies long to respond, as a long pass out to the wing found Kris Kavanagh, who managed to go in at the corner, with Danny Price landing the touchline conversion to bring the scores level.
Using the wind to good advantage, Simmies kept Clock in their own half, and it was only some stern defending from Edwards, Taylor, and Johnson that kept them at bay.
Simmies finally took the lead when a dropped ball by Clock on their 30-metre line resulted in a scrum, from which Simmies moved the ball out for Price to finish off the move with a try under the posts.
He then converted to give them the lead through to half-time.
Minutes after the restart, Clock drew level when a kick was knocked-on close to the Simmies line, with McGowan picking it up but being tackled just short of the line.
From the play-the-ball, it was passed to the on-rushing Peter Riley, who forced his way through the defence to score under the posts, giving Forber an easy conversion.
A chip kick over the defence by Gibson led to Clock taking the lead again as it was followed up by winger Matt Garner, who won the race to the ball to drop on it over the line.
Forber again added a goal.
Adam McGowan was the Saints Taxis man of the match, with Peter Edwards the Roscoe Tyres players’ player.
Blackbrook A 36
Eccleston Lions 4
BROOK’S seconds completed a league double over neighbours Eccleston Lions to confirm the runners-up spot in the North West Counties League Division Three.
They underlined their superiority with tries from Adam Mitchell, Danny Smith, Andy Tucker, Craig Lyon and Danny Beckett (2), with the sure-footed Steve Parkinson adding all six conversions.
Man of the match for the winners went to centre Craig Lyon, while the best for the gallant Lions was long-serving prop forward Ian Penketh.