Determination by Holmes Chapel RUFC drives 41-24 at the final wistle
Holmes Chapel RUFC 2nd Xv 41
Liverpool St.Helens RUFC 24
Holmes Chapel seconds entertained Liverpool St.Helens at Station Road on Saturday and game out winners after a thoroughly entertaining game. Its fair to say both teams have struggled this season, however chapel’s form has been much improved of late, so it was important they now started to get some results. Influential captain Steve Hatton was back in the helm after two years out through injury.
The home side started well, securing early ball and moving down field, however, chapel were caught napping in the first scrum and LSH broke down field after some slick handling from their backs and scored in the corner to give them a 5-0 lead. Bone crushing tackles from Matt Lion and Jack Newby were halting further attacks.
Chapel again played some good rugby, John Newport and Alistair Farmer taking the game to the opposition, with good play upfront. Chapel then reduced the score with a penalty before LSH again broke and extended their lead. The Villagers got straight back in the game after a quick tap penalty gave Andy Partington space to score the home side’s first try and level the game at 10 all. LSH came straight back as their backs and forwards combined well to score the visitors third try and give them a 17-10 half time lead.
Chapel started the second half knowing they were very much in this game, Sam chambers started to make his trademark runs, powering through the opposition, Jim Moss and Dave Steadman were securing good ball in the line out. It was the visitors however who scored first in the second half as they once again made full use of possession to give them a 24-10 lead.
Chapel’s determination was clear as they took good ball from the kick off, Nick Thompson making the initial break and passing the ball to Dave price who beast several LSH defenders to score a fine individual try. It was then the turn of man of the match Joe “Madpup” Maddock, he broke from the back of a ruck and powered through the defence to put chapel level at 24 all.
Chapel hadn’t finished there, more possession, secured from the forwards lead to a chip through and Mitch Lawrence sped past the opposition to score his first try for the club and put chapel in front. Maddock then got his second of the game and the backs made good yards with some great handling.
With the clock running down, LSH were throwing everything at the home side, the defence however was strong and Chapel broke again in the last play of the game allowing Chris Street to score capping a fine all round performance from the centre. Chapel will look to build on this result and put in a strong performance next week against league leaders Bowdon.