St Mary’s OB 27 Helsby 13
THE visitors picked up after a slow start but couldn’t quite turn things around in South Lancs/Cheshire Four.
Helsby’s two best opportunities of the half came with penalty kick attempts, one of which was converted, but St Mary’s deservedly led 12-3 at the break.
Helsby played well in the second half and scored two tries despite being against the strong wind.
Speedy centre Phil Arkle picked up in his own half, using his speed to get through several gaps and strength to ride a challenge. Once he was through, there was only ever one result.
The second Helsby try followed a great bit of opportunism as scrum-half Lee Thomas charged down a defensive clearance, ran onto the ball and cleverly picked up. Both conversions were missed, despite the second being in front of the posts, as the strong wind made it an abysmal day for kicking.
St Mary’s went on to secure the points when they were gifted a couple of simple tries.
Helsby’s under 7s team took on Knutsford in three seven-minute games. Knutsford won one 2-1, another was drawn 3-3 and Helsby claimed a 1-0 success in the third.
Helsby’s U9s lost 3-2 to Knutsford before winning their second game against the same team 3-2. The “points against” tally would have been higher if it hadn’t have been for some fine tackling from George Houghton and Harry Wilkinson. Good running from Joe Lamb and Will Fletcher produced the tries for Helsby, whose star player was Lewis Cook. The pack performed well in both line-outs and scrums.
A late fightback was not enough for Helsby’s U10s as they lost 7-4 to Knutsford. Second-half tries were from Helsby’s Will White, Caleb Brown and Joe Wilkinson (2) kept the game alive. Jess Metcalf was fearless with her tackling and was named player of the match.