HELSBY moved into second place in the league with a late victory over Holmes Chapel on Saturday.
In a tight opening 20 minutes, two Andy Rowlinson penalties put Helsby ahead, before a great solo try from Ashley Wakefield saw three would-be tacklers to race under the posts. Holmes Chapel replied with a penalty and on the stroke of half-time scored a well-worked try to make the half time score 13-10.
A poor start to the second half by Helsby allowed the visitors to score twice in the opening few minutes to establish a good lead. Helsby's response came when John Williams broke through the Holmes Chapel defence and had enough pace to make it to the try line to reduce the deficit to only two points.
With time running out, a good Helsby scrum gave Rowlinson the position to slot over a drop goal and regain the lead for the home side. And in the last minute, stand-off Simon Williams regathered Williams's kick-over to score near the corner and secure a dramatic victory.
Helsby's Frodsham Tandoori man-of-the-match was John Williams for his strong running.
Helsby travel to Merseyside Police this weekend.
Widnes 2nds 46 Altrincham Kersal 5: The return of Mark Loughane from injury and the inclusion of veteran winger Ledson, playing his first game in six weeks due to injury, gave Widnes the edge against a team only a couple of points behind them in the league.
Mark Whitfield also returned after suffering a serious injury and three years of extensive surgery to his leg.
The young Widnes pack are improving each week. In particular, Edwards and Lyons regularly made defence-splitting runs.
Morgan, Hazard, Hodgson, Loughane and Young were in constant support to ensure a plentiful supply of the ball and, in addition, their defensive game was top-class.
Scrum-half Logan impressed, as did fly-half Evans.
Tries came from Ledson, three, Saunders, Whitfield, McKeever, Lomax and Lyons. Whitfield made three conversions.
This week's game is against league leaders Manchester.