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2nd XV "Crusaders” - Match centre

Lymm Eagles (3)
Anselmians RUFC
Tries
C Clayton, N HEARN, T Gilbert, M Dowler, M Brown
Conversions
B Sadler (3)
Penalties
B Sadler
Sat 23 Feb 14:15 - Cup Full time Attendance 70

Lymm 31 - Anselmians 2nd XV 32

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Semi final berth beckons.

The day started with The Ducks turning up at Lymm in buoyant mood arriving early, getting in a solid hour warm up in preparation for the game. After a last minute withdrawal from the team from Kris Lewis, with a hamstring problem, Martyn Brown came to the rescue to start on the wing and he did not disappoint.
The game started with Anselmians on the front foot, with the forwards putting in some great go forward yards with Ewan Nolan and Will Sass really driving the team forward along with contributions from Tyler Brookes and Stephen Brooks. After 10 mins of Anselmians ball, Lymm had their first foray into the Anselmians half pushing hard for the Ducks line. When they lost the ball in the Ducks 22, the later posted a hasty and punishable counter-attack which ended with Campbell Clayton go over near the corner, with Ben Sadler slotting the conversion. Following the kick-off Anselmians went straight back on the attack with the forwards instantly pushing forward again, Nick HEARN then picked the ball from the base of a ruck and went 15 yards to go over the line again. After this Lymm came back at Anselmians with 2 unanswered tries to go 14-12 ahead with minutes to go until the break. Then a late push into the 22 of Lymm by the Ducks saw some great handling between the backs and forwards with Tom Gilbert cutting a great line to go over and put Anselmians 19-14 ahead at half time. The scorline only preserved by Martyn Brown’s fantastic covering tackle on the Lymm 13 who ran devastatingly all day from deep in his own half.

The second half started in devastating fashion with Lymm again scoring 12 unanswered points and putting themselves 26-19 ahead. Then the story of the half Anselmians parked in the Lymm half only getting frustrated time and time again by the Lymm defence. After several attempts at breaking the Lymm defence it was finally breached by Matthew Dowler who forced himself over from close range. After returning back down field, Anselmians again found themselves camped near the Lymm line with only the occasional poor decision hampering their ability to score. Then from nothing, that man again, Martyn Brown, scored to put the Saints only 2 points behind 31-29 with only 15mins left on the clock. Then the turning point of the game, with a penalty almost on halfway, Ben Sadler elected to take a shot to goal. With the Lymm players doing all they could to put him off, not listening to the warnings from the referee to stop, Sadler missed the shot and the referee instantly marched the Lymm team back 10metres to offer Saints another shot at goal 10 metres closer from which he made no mistake splitting the uprights. The last 5 mins saw Lymm pushing hard towards the Ducks line, with wave after wave of attack and only a quality last ditch tackle by Ben O’Connor, after Lymm had finally broken the initial line, stopped Lymm stealing the game at the death.

Key moments

13:00
Try Campbell Clayton scores for Anselmians RUFC
14:00
Conversion Ben Sadler kicks a conversion for Anselmians RUFC
20:00
Try Nick HEARN scores for Anselmians RUFC
35:00
Try Tom Gilbert scores for Anselmians RUFC
36:00
Conversion Ben Sadler kicks a conversion for Anselmians RUFC
45:00
Try Matthew Dowler scores for Anselmians RUFC
46:00
Conversion Ben Sadler kicks a conversion for Anselmians RUFC
63:00
Try Martyn Brown scores for Anselmians RUFC
75:00
Penalty Ben Sadler kicks a penalty for Anselmians RUFC

Highlights

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75:00 Penalty 0 - 34
Ben Sadler kicks a penalty for Anselmians RUFC
63:00 Try 0 - 31
Martyn Brown scores for Anselmians RUFC
46:00 Conversion 0 - 26
Ben Sadler kicks a conversion for Anselmians RUFC
45:00 Try 0 - 24
Matthew Dowler scores for Anselmians RUFC
40:00 Sub On
Matthew Dowler is substituted on for Anselmians RUFC
40:00 Sub On
Matt Thornton is substituted on for Anselmians RUFC
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Ben Sadler kicks a conversion for Anselmians RUFC
35:00 Try 0 - 17
Tom Gilbert scores for Anselmians RUFC
30:00 Sub On
Sean Hastewell is substituted on for Anselmians RUFC
21:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Sadler misses a conversion for Anselmians RUFC
20:00 Try 0 - 12
Nick HEARN scores for Anselmians RUFC
14:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Ben Sadler kicks a conversion for Anselmians RUFC
13:00 Try 0 - 5
Campbell Clayton scores for Anselmians RUFC
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As it happened

  • Lymm Eagles (3)
  • Anselmians RUFC
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  • Campbell Clayton Try 13:00'
  • Ben Sadler Conversion 14:00'
  • Nick HEARN Try 20:00'
  • Sean Hastewell Sub On 30:00'
  • Tom Gilbert Try 35:00'
  • Ben Sadler Conversion 36:00'
  • Matthew Dowler Sub On 40:00'
  • Matt Thornton Sub On 40:00'
  • Matthew Dowler Try 45:00'
  • Ben Sadler Conversion 46:00'
  • Martyn Brown Try 63:00'
  • Ben Sadler Penalty 75:00'

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