Almost surprised to have a match, Liskeard Looe accepted the hospitality of Wadebridge and enjoyed a competitive fixture on a day when sun, rain, hail and even, somebody said, a little snow fell from the sky. It was the Lions first fixture since mid December and the return meeting against a team they narrowly beat by the odd try in eleven in November.
Liskeard Looe started strongly with a number of attacks, Callum Slater skilfully finishing in the corner to take a 7-0 lead after brother James had made the conversion. With Wadebridge featuring three older players their strength began to tell and the teams turned round with Wadebridge leading 21-7.
Harry Barlow and James Slater had made numerous pounding tackles and Oli Dennett, on the wrong end of some big hits himself, had tried his utmost to set speedsters Oli Bragg and Josh Pidcock away.
In the second half the Lions fought back and played some text book rugby, Ethan Crabb beginning a move with a driving forward run which nearly led , after numerous hands, to a try on the opposite wing.
The Lions were eventually rewarded with a try as Zach Stribley ran across the defence and set Joe Maywood to pierce the Wadebridge defence for a well deserved try. Jay Mason completed the conversion. At 21-14 the Lions had a number of chances but unfortunately the strength and size of Wadebridge eventually won through with two further tries in the second half.
This was a spirited performance in difficult conditions and will be good practice for the visit to Camborne next week.