Widnes U-11's started the new year where they finished the last with a convincing win over Liverpool St Helens at Prescot Road on Sunday morning.
As the visitors were short on numbers it was agreed both sides would play eleven a-side and this sporting theme was maintained throughout what was a keenly fought contest.
Widnes got off to a flying start with a well worked try, Jonathon Riley storming over to give the home team a five point lead with Sam Freeman converting to make it seven.
Widnes then continued to put the visitors under immense pressure by keeping LSH pinned in their own half. The occasional time the visitors did break out, they were met with stern resistence by the home team who tackled with ferocious determination to protect their try line.
Following a period of concerted pressing from the home team they were awarded a penalty 20 yards out as the visitors were penalised for coming in from the side at the ruck. The ball was given from the penalty restart to big John Brett who parted the LSH defence as if it didn’t exist. Not one of the defending players managed to put a hand on the Widnes forward as he drove through for his first try for the team.
The Wids then put LSH under more pressure, Freeman (playing scrum half for the 1st period of play) launched a pass out wide to Jamie Patent who then charged 30 yards and was unlucky to be tackled into touch just a yard or two from the LSH line. The visitors tried from the resulting lineout to use their front man in the line to get possession and clear their lines but Josh Boughey was alert to the ploy and took the ball out of the opposing props hands and went over to score. Freeman converted to make it twenty one nil at half time.
In the second half LSH came out with a plan to tie in the Widnes forwards and not let the home teams nimble backs get much ball by keeping it tight and rucking and mauling with great technique and enthusiasm. Wids defended brilliantly and even when LSH had two penalties five yards out given to them, first Connagh Grace, who made a crunching tackle and managed to hold the ball up in the try area, and then a great combined forwards effort stopped any try being scored. With the match becoming a battle of close rucking and mauling, Connagh took the ball from a scrum and kicked it brilliantly into the LSH half, giving the speedy Wids backs something to finally chase down in the 2nd half.
LSH pressed again, but this time Patent it was who came up with a clever kick for the Wids and John Leonard sprinted up from the full back position to be the first player to touch the ball down in the LSH try area. This was again successfully converted by Freeman making the final score 28-0 to the Wids.
The Wids coaching team were delighted with the effort put in from all players, making the first game of the new year a successful start. Many thanks to all the parents for their support and to the LSH team and their coach Peter for a very good game.