South Lancs Cheshire One League
Liverpool St Helens 33
Liverpool St Helens pulled off an amazing win last Saturday at Anselmians to retain their unbeaten record and set up a cracker of an encounter this week when the only other unbeaten side, Altrincham Kersal visit Moss Lane.
After being well in command at 26-7 through tries from Ian Stanley (2) John Pape and Phil Kearns they went behind 31-25 as the home side ran in three tries in the second half.
With time rapidly running out new signing Andrew Rawsthorne grabbed the crucial try which, with a Greg Smith conversion, saw them home.
West Park 21
A scrappy game, not helped by some ineffective tackling especially by the home side, resulted in a poor spectacle , albeit earning league points for both sides.
Sefton opened the scoring within five minutes of the start, converting a long range penalty awarded for an apparent infringement at the first scrum. West Park continued to press and looked the more dangerous when in possession, and fielding a relieving kick on the opponents 25 metre line, winger Chris Fortune beat several players as he scythed through the defensive line to score an excellent try which full back Matt Savage converted.
Within minutes another good move by the Park’s backs saw winger Fortune repeat his earlier feat as he finished off in fine style from a flowing move initiated by Savage, who once again converted the try.
The visitor’s increasing forward power started to give their backs more ball, and a good passing movement across the back line saw speedy winger Clarkson cross at the corner for a fine try which failed to be converted.
This somewhat lacklustre contest continued into the second half, the visitor’s forwards remaining dominant, especially after Park lost hooker Tom Williams to injury,forcing further re-organisation in the their powerful pack.
The home side’s backs however always appeared to have the edge when in possession, and after second row Lewis Harris was adjudged to have been held up over the try line, the visitors were penalised for an infringement at the scrum which saw skipper Rob Morley take a quick tap penalty and score himself near the posts, Savage adding the conversion to give West Park some breathing space.
Flanker Patrick Loughnane was adjudged to be man of the match, and others will need to match his tackling and work rate next week.
g Other result: Hoylake 15 Ruskin Park 15