Helsby 19 Mold 2nds 25
HELSBY were guilty of making some silly mistakes as they fell to defeat in a friendly at the weekend.
A dominant Helsby pack provided good first-half possession, although no real direction was found in a scrappy half.
Mold scored twice and converted a penalty before Helsby found an opening, with Phil Arkell making a quick break down the right and off-loading in the tackle to Ryan McKibbon for a well-worked try.
Lee Thomas converted to put the visitors into a 17-7 half-time lead.
Helsby were the better team in the second half and took the game to Mold. Ryan McKibbon stood out, with some hard running and tough tackling deservedly earning him man-of-the-match plaudits.
After Mold had registered a penalty, Helsby hit back with their first try of the half.
Some desperate Mold defending led to a Helsby penalty which was taken quickly by Thomas, whose pass allowed Lee Gibson to power through a retreating Mold pack. Thomas added the conversion, taking the score to 20-14.
With around five minutes to go, the hosts’ hopes of victory were dashed when poor handling at the scrum allowed Mold to pick the ball up and register an easy score.
Helsby had the final say with a late try from James Wright, who picked up a Jeremy Anderson pass and used his speed and power to get home from the halfway line.
Helsby host Congleton in the league tomorrow (2.15pm ko).