Widnes St Maries 42 Clock Face Miners 18

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CLOCK Face went out at the first hurdle in the NWML Cup to a heavy defeat from cup favourites Widnes St Maries.

It was a disastrous first half for Clock with Maries running in two quick tries to give them a 12-0 lead in as many minutes and worse was to follow as by mid way through the half they had added another two to make it 24-0 without reply.

Clock did have their chances with Cooney, Riley, and Bekker, going closest but the Maries defence held out.

Try as they might Clock could not stem the flow of tries as they were hit with another two before half time all converted to make it 30-0 to Maries at the break.

It was a more determined Clock Face that started the second half and after ten minutes they got their first try when Alan Johnson went through a gap in the Maries defence to score with Martin Hutton converting.

More was to follow as minutes later after Matty Norton had just been stopped short of the line the ball was moved across to Steve Taylor who then slipped the ball to Craig Greenall for him to score Hutton again adding on the conversion.

This had been a bright spell for Clock but some lapses in defence cost them as Maries hit back with two more quick tries to finally put the game out of Clocks reach.

With just minutes to go to the final whistle Clock finished off the scoring with a final try when Matt Garner managed to pass the ball out of the tackle to Mark Gibson for him to force his way over with Hutton finishing off the scoring with the conversion.

The Saints Taxis man of the match was Adam McGowan with Sam Long taking the Rosco Tyres Players award.