Saturday 6th January 2018
Cotton Traders – Championship League
LYMM 2nd XV 26 – 13 WILMSLOW 2nd XV
Report by Malcolm Pritchard
Lymm returned to action after a month lay-off, against local rivals with Wilmslow, in what turned out to be an arm wrestle of a game in energy sapping conditions.
After a late change to the line-up, as James Yates was called into the first team at the last minute, Lymm kicked off against a strong breeze. It was Wilmslow who staged the first attack and it was after only two minutes that they forced their way over from short range for a converted try, 0-7. Lymm responded by pounding the Wilmslow try line forcing them to conceded a number of penalties but they tackled heroically to keep Lymm at bay. Lymm went close on a number of occasions but couldn’t breech the committed defence. Eventually Wilmslow weathered the storm and started making headway through their forwards. It was from a dropped pass in midfield that Lymm capitalised, as Toby Phillips kicked through and won the race for the ball close to the line and provided the scoring pass for the supporting Rhys Jones who crashed over and then converted his own try 7-7. As the half ended it was Lymm’s turn to defend, as Wilmslow piled on the pressure in the Lymm red zone but the Lymm line just held.
For the first 20mins of the second half, Wilmslow dominated play, as Lymm couldn’t retain possession and indiscipline resulted in penalties against them. Wilmslow took advantage and kicked two penalties to lead 7-13 with 15 minutes to go. Lymm looked to have lost their spark but an unconverted try, out of the blue, by Paddy Jennings gave Lymm hope but they were still a point behind at 12-13. At this stage Tom Baker was introduced from the bench looking to have had a good Christmas. Toby Phillips took advantage of a turnover in his own 22 to use his pace to make 40 metres and supported by Jake Davies, ended up 5 metres from the Wilmslow line. Eventually after continued pressure, Tom Baker, with plumb pudding energy, barged over from short range, Rhys Jones converting, 19-13.
The last 5 minutes saw Lymm pressurising the Wilmslow line and with the last play of the game, Rhys Jones chipped through for Jack Worton to score, Jones converting.
This was a game that Lymm looked like losing for 60 minutes but resilience and fitness prevailed in the end as Wilmslow tired after their great defensive effort. It was team effort with Rhys Jones dictating play well when he had possession and Henry Baldwin putting in a big shift in the forwards. The win keeps Lymm at the top of the table and hopefully this game has blown the cobwebs away.
Squad: 1. G Fingleton, 2. J Pitcher, 3. K O’ Callaghan, 4. B Rees, 5. H Baldwin, 6. R Riddell, 7. A Stewart, 8. J Lewis, 9. T Phillips, 10. R Jones, 11. R Forrest, 12. Josh Davies, 13. Jake Davies, 14. P Jennings, 15. J Worton, 16. T Baker