Lymm 69 v AK 0 - A better performance than the result suggests
A visit to Crouchley Lane is always a challenge, but one we always look forward to. Lymm are the inform team in the Halbro NW Junior Colts League, having posted some impressive scores in the opening weeks of the season, topping the table as a result.
After last weeks disappointing display against Chester the squad worked very hard on their defensive skills during mid week training and for large parts of the game the effort put in was visible to see.
AK concededed on 3 minutes. From a lineout on 22m Lymm worked the ball effectively to create space to score. For the next 20 mins the game was very even, with Kersal having long periods of possession. Lymm were strong around the fringes, meeting the attacking Kersal pack at every breakdown, preventing them gaining any ground. Will Tabbron ran onto a high kick, but was held up short, that was Kersal’s best chance in the first quarter. Set pieces were a real problem for AK, failing to win lineout ball too often and they were out-muscled in the scrum by a physical Lymm pack.
Lymm extended their lead before half time with four tries in the final 12 minutes of the half. A sliced clearance gave Lymm a penalty which they tapped quickly and raced over to score, shortly followed by a third try, again from a penalty close in. An interceptred pass on halfway five minutes later set Lymm up to add to their try count securing the bonus point before half time.
After conceding again early in the second half to take the score to 36-0, Kersal came back into the game, strengthening in defence and looking more of a threat going forward. A great break from Tabbron through the middle deserved a score, but he was tackled 10 metres out and Kersal weren’t able to make the most of the territory gained. Kersal struggled to find the pacey players out wide, but when they did they were able to make ground, Harry Backhouse coming close twice.
Lymm burst forward on 56 mins, evading tackles to move to 43-0. Kersal were tiring now and Lymm capitalised, stretching the play and finding space, adding four more tries in the final 10 minutes. In the closing minutes Kersal had their best chance of the game, following several phases of play close to the Lymm try line, Sam Walsh came close, but was held up short. The ball was loose a yard out, sadly Doherty-Dyson couldn’t stretch far enough to scoop it up and give Kersal what would have been a fully earned try.