Helsby 11 Marple 15
THIRD-placed Marple may have come to bottom side Helsby expecting a walkover, but instead they found a defiant team in no mood to be pushed around.
Helsby rattled Marple early on but the visitors opened the scoring when an ambitious pass from Terry O’Neill was intercepted by Marple who set up a gifted try to make the score 5-0.
Helsby asked questions of the Marple pack, terrorising the scrummages and driving the Stockport-based side back at will, even when a man down.
The day however belonged to Marple as, late in the second half they capitalised on some indecisive defensive play by Helsby and ran in their third try.
Helsby under 11s won 5-1 against Shotton in a contest that was closer than the score suggests. Helsby’s attacking play and passing won through with tries by Thomas Jones (2), Ben Porter (2) and Charlie Fletcher, ably assisted by Jake McKenna, Will Littlewood and Josh Brookes.