Lymm travelled to Oldham for the Robinson’s Cup Final knowing they were going to be in a tough match against a traditionally strong Park side. Conditions were dry but there was a strong wind down the pitch which Lymm played with in the first half. The Lymm faithful had turned out in numbers to support a young side which of the 20 players involved 19 had come through the junior section.
Lymm kicked off and immediately Park showed their intent and strength as they moved effortlessly through the phases making easy ground as they broke tackles at will and eventually scored under the sticks for a converted try. This was the pattern of the first twenty minutes as Lymm struggled to contain the strong running Park side as they raced into a 20 point lead on twenty minutes.
When Lymm had possession they struggled to make ground as the physically bigger side dominated the breakdown. Things were not looking good but gradually they started to get into the game with the forays of James Yates and Nick Ashton getting Lymm over the gainline and Park’s indiscretions resulted in two penalties by Josh Davies.
At half time first team coach Adam Fletcher emphasised retaining possession and putting Sedgley under pressure as we had allowed them too much respect in the first half..
Lymm started the second with greater intent and immediately put Park under pressure with John Long making a good break and and Lymm then started to recycle the ball resulting in an infringement from which Josh Davies kicked a penalty, 20-9. Although struggling at the breakdown for quick ball Lymm had one opportunity to get over the tryline but a lost 5 metre line-out that ended with Park scoring another try.
Park scored two more tries but Lymm had the final say as they scored a penalty try after a good break in midfield and clever kick ahead.
The final score reflected Park’s dominance but you had to give the Lymm players credit for all 20 put in a great effort and they came more to terms with the game as it went on. Park had too much power and pace but Lymm’s young side stuck at it.
Josh Hadland, James Yates and James Lewis never took a backward step which typified the teams efforts.
This game was the last of the season which sees them playing in the Premier League again next year with all the challenges that brings but as we know a fit squad can compete.
We would like thank all the people who came to watch, it was much appreciated by the players.
J Hamer, Dowdeswell, J Ashall, J Davies, O Thornton , A Simpson, G Anderson,
A Rashid, R Riddell , J Lewis, W Baldwin, J Yates, N Ashton, J Pitcher, J Porteus
Rep: J Reynolds, J Hadland, D Coon, J Long, R Forrest