Helsby 0 L’pool Rangers 37

HELSBY welcomed South Lancs/ Cheshire Division Three newcomers Liverpool to Chester Road on Saturday and put up a decent first-half display before running out of steam.

The visitors started stronger and only for some excellent tackling by youngster Luke Ryder at full back, they would have opened the scoring much earlier than they did.

Rangers eventually got off the mark when a loose ball from a five-metre lineout saw them pounce.

Just prior to the break, their number eight picked up from a 5m scrum to go over for a 10-0 half-time advantage.

Helsby had a spell at the start of the second period when they maintained some pressure in the opposition half, but this was to go unrewarded and when the Helsby backs kicked away, the opposition fly-half collected and ran unopposed under the sticks.

Rangers added a fourth try before Helsby lost skipper Phil Arkell to the sin bin for a high tackle.

The visitors capitalised with three further tries. Helsby’s man-of-thematch was Dave Hughes.

Ellesmere Port cemented third place with a comfortable 36-7 home victory over lowly Linley on Saturday.

Phi Gow, Chris Garbutt, Ant Jones (2) and Craig Jones shared the tries and Carbutt added the extras.

Capenhurst’s fine form continued with a 24-8 win at basement boys Congleton.