Chester 2nds 19 – 22 Lymm 2nds
2nd Team Match Report | Saturday October 2 2021
Lymm travelled to unbeaten Chester in the Cotton Traders Premier League, looking for their first win of the season, with a much changed side.
It was an early kick off and also a very early try as debutant Alan Welston intercepted and scored a try converted by George Anderson. Lymm continued to press through their dominant forwards and after a break by Josh Hadland the Chester defence were at sixes and sevens and George Anderson spotted space out wide, kick passing to Mat Gill who worked in at the corner for an unconverted try. Lymm were dominating the scrums but struggled at the line out giving Chester a chance to get back into the game. Ferocious defence and good scrummaging kept them at bay. However after much pressure on the Lymm line they eventually ran out of tacklers and Chester scored a converted try on half time.
The second half started with Chester recycling the ball a few times and creating an overlap for their winger to race anyway and score a converted try. At this stage you thought Chester might run away with game but the Lymm forwards had other ideas and started to take control. It was after a number of pick and drives close to the Chester line that Chester were penalised. Lymm cleverly opted for a scrum which resulted in a penalty try.19-14 to Lymm and after another foray into the Chester 22 Lymm received a penalty which George Anderson converted to make Lymm 2 scores ahead.
The last 15/20 minutes involved Chester battering away at the Lymm defensive line, they defended heroically creating errors with their ferocious tackling. Chester did eventually score in the last minute but by this stage it was too late. Lymm ended deserved winners in a hard fought game against good opposition.
Everyone in the Lymm side deserved praise but the back row and midfield defence were outstanding, but the unsung heroes in the font row won the day allowing Lymm to play putting the opposition under pressure.
Coach Peter Millachip was very happy afterwards especially after the fragmented start to the season. The spirit in the side epitomised his commitment and hopefully this will have ignited the 2nds season and there is certainly the talent around to have a very good side.
O Roberts, A Freeman, L Connelly, J Hadland, M Gill, T Baker, G Anderson, A Sutherland, B Warman, J Watson, A Welston, G Downes, J Widdrington, J Pitcher, G Woods, W Higgins, H Baldwin, S Alban, J Hamer
Reporter: Malcolm Pritchard