A DEPRESSING performance by the Wids on a bright but cold day against a team who had won only one league game so far this season.
The early-season form has now deserted the Heath Road outfit and this visit to Crouchley Lane highlighted the weakness in the forwards and their inability to compete against the opposition eight. This deprives the talented back division of any quality ball and the opportunity to express themselves.
The one highlight of the Widnes performance was on the 20-minute mark when Ashley Watmore carved up the home defence with a break from halfway. Watmore was tackled short of the line but the ball was kept alive before a five-metre scrum from Michael Lamb made the score 7-5.
Lymm dictated the game from the kick-off and playing down the slope and with the wind, set up camp in the Widnes 22. Great defence by Widnes frustrated Lymm until No8 Mark Sutton barged his way over after 14 minutes. Nick Shaw converted the try which was to be the first points in his tally of 19.
With the score at 15-5 at half-time, the Widnes followers were hopeful that the game would be pulled round. But despite now playing down the slope and with the wind, the visitors could not get the better of the home pack. Four unanswered second-half tries by Lymm completed a miserable day for the Wids.
This week, Penrith are the visitors to Heath Road.
WADE Deacon High are the pride of Merseyside Schools rugby union after completing a hat-trick of competition titles.
The Year Nines were undefeated age-group winners at Sefton RUFC, beating strong teams from fellow Widnes school Bankfield and also St Cuthbert's along the way.
National champions at rugby league, the Year Eights made their tournament debut in rugby union at Liverpool St Helens.
They did not disappoint, finishing unbeaten in completing a memorable triumph - without conceding a single point.
Year Sevens completed the treble with another undefeated display, letting in just one try.
All three teams will now represent Merseyside at the Lancashire Tournaments in March.
If successful once more, they will represent Lancashire at the North of England Tournament.
The Year-10 team reached The North of England tournament last year, finishing third.