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1st XV - Match centre

Wirral
Lymm
M Gidman, K Mahon
Full time
J Annetts (2)
J Annetts (2)
Sat 13 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - Northern Premier

For Brendan... A Win Over 2nd-Placed Lymm

Brendan our linesman, who is now recovering well in hospital after a lengthy operation on Tuesday, would have welcomed the style of this win at The Memorial Ground on Saturday.

For the home game against promotion seeking Lymm, Wirral made a number of changes from the game against Harrogate: Jack Yarker and Matt Dowler came in for Steve Pendergast and James Reeve respectively who were now on the subs bench. DAN HARVEY pulled out with an ankle injury so Mark Williams moved into the centre with Mark Gidman on the wing. Ryan Stead was the third member of the subs bench.
Wirral were keen to avenge the defeat at Lymm earlier in the season when they had 3 injuries during the game to key players which thwarted any chance of winning the game. It was Wirral playing against the wind towards the clubhouse who started the game the stronger containing play to midfield as Lymm looked to use the wind to make ground.
After 11 mins Lymm had the chance to take the lead with a penalty from virtually in front of the posts from 30m but the kick from Cormac Nolan hit the post and Wirral cleared. Wirral were looking to play an expansive game but a wild pass in midfield enabled Lymm to collect the ball and move the ball down the right through several pairs of hands which ended with Nolan scoring in the corner, he also missed the conversion. (0-5 19 mins). 8 minutes later a Lymm attack was broken up when Paul Lewis intercepted the pass and was “flying” down the wing before off-loading to Mark Gidman who ran in from 20m to score wide out, great conversion from James Annetts to give Wirral the lead, 7-5.
In the period before half-time, Wirral extended their lead to 10-5 with a 30m penalty from James Annetts but in the 47th minute of the first half, Rob Pearl was sin binned for deliberately holding up play and a simple penalty from Nolan gave a half-time score of 10-8.
Immediately after half time, Lymm took the lead with an easy penalty for Nolan 10-11. On 46 mins James Annetts had a penalty kick from 50 m which just missed the upright but 3 minutes later he restored Wirral’s lead with a penalty from 40m, after the penalty had been reversed in Wirral’s favour. At this stage there were a number of injuries to players and this was all being taken into account by the referee, who incidentally was the same as we had at Harrogate last week and it was also his last game of refereeing as he was emigrating to Australia the following day.
Both teams were kicking tactically for territory, Wirral with long kicks downfield with Lymm putting in grubber kicks to put the ball behind the Wirral defence and make them turn. On 24 mins the Lymm scrumhalf made a defence splitting break of some 40m before being tackled but the ball was controlled and Wirral contained the situation only to give a penalty away under the sticks which Nolan easily converted to give Lymm a 13-14 lead.
It was not until the 65th minute that Wirral made their first changes with Ryan Stead and JAMES REEVES coming on for Paul Lewis and Matt Dowler, the latter having a good first starting game. The kicking game came into play as Wirral made good ground and pressure resulted in Lymm not clearing far downfield. Wirral controlled the ball well and edged forward as they looked for a weakness in the Lymm defence and after a number of passes the ball went wide where Keith Mahon took the ball and crashed over the whitewash with two would be tacklers hanging on to touch down, 7 metres from the corner flag. Another great conversion from James Annetts increased the Wirral lead to 20-14 with a presumed 8 minutes to go. Steve Pendergast came on for Chris Hughes.
Play was back down in the Lymm 20m area where Wirral were looking to play out time and contain Lymm but a break by the fly half took play down to the other end of the field, where the game was played out for 8 more agonising minutes. Lymm ploughed in knowing a converted try would give them the lead but the Wirral defence held. Still the referee played on as Lymm retained possession and the Wirral defence made solid, the ball came loose and Chris Hughes (on for Jack Yarker) dived on the ball only for Lymm to win back, an agonising minute later the ball was recovered by Rob Pearl and taken by Josh Stead who booted the ball into touch to end the game after another 48 minute half.
It was a good contest between two equal teams with Wirral perhaps just shading it in the kicking stakes. Wirral remain in 6th place and next week are away at Morley, for details of travelling see noticeboard for the time the coach leaves.
Richard McNeil

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Key moments

27:00
Try Mark Gidman scores for Wirral
27:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
37:00
Penalty James Annetts kicks a penalty for Wirral
48:00
Penalty James Annetts kicks a penalty for Wirral
72:00
Try Keith Mahon scores for Wirral
72:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral

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Highlights

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80:00 +0:01 Player of the Match
Matt Dowler is awarded player of the match for Wirral
78:00 Sub On
Chris Hughes is substituted on for Wirral
78:00 Sub Off
Jack Yarker is substituted off for Wirral
72:00 Try 18 - 0
Keith Mahon scores for Wirral
72:00 Conversion 20 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
68:00 Sub On
Steve Pendergast is substituted on for Wirral
68:00 Sub Off
Chris Hughes is substituted off for Wirral
64:00 Sub On
Ryan Stead is substituted on for Wirral
64:00 Sub Off
Paul Lewis is substituted off for Wirral
64:00 Sub On
James Reeve is substituted on for Wirral
64:00 Sub Off
Matt Dowler is substituted off for Wirral
48:00 Penalty 13 - 0
James Annetts kicks a penalty for Wirral
46:00 Missed Penalty
James Annetts misses a penalty for Wirral
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Rob Pearl is yellow carded for Wirral
37:00 Penalty 10 - 0
James Annetts kicks a penalty for Wirral
27:00 Try 5 - 0
Mark Gidman scores for Wirral
27:00 Try Assist
Paul Lewis makes an assist for Wirral
27:00 Conversion 7 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Wirral
  • Lymm
  • 0
  • Mark Gidman Try 27:00'
  • Paul Lewis Try Assist 27:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 27:00'
  • James Annetts Penalty 37:00'
  • Rob Pearl Yellow Card 39:00'
  • James Annetts Penalty 48:00'
  • Matt Dowler Sub Off 64:00'
  • James Reeve Sub On 64:00'
  • Paul Lewis Sub Off 64:00'
  • Ryan Stead Sub On 64:00'
  • Steve Pendergast Sub On 68:00'
  • Chris Hughes Sub Off 68:00'
  • Keith Mahon Try 72:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 72:00'
  • Chris Hughes Sub On 78:00'
  • Jack Yarker Sub Off 78:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Ilkley 25 62
8. Kirkby Lonsdale 26 57
9. Wirral 26 54
10. Kendal 25 53
11. Sandal 25 44
12. Morley 26 31
13. Birkenhead Park 25 28

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