Holmes Chapel 43-17 Lymm 3rd

IT was not as dramatic as last time, when Holmes Chapel snatched victory with the final kick of a close contest, but Lymm still made their hosts sweat last weekend.

They frustrated them for the opening 20 minutes at Station Road, where the visitors took the lead after applying pressure to the home team’s defence.

The Warrington outfit starved their opponents of possession until bursts from Dan Martin and Jim Moss sparked their side into life.

Joe Foulkes crashed over the whitewash shortly afterwards before Nic Clawson added his name to the score-sheet.

However a lapse in concentration at the other end gifted to Lymm a try against the run of play.

A stroke of fortune allowed Chapel to edged ahead by the break when a clearing kick clattered off an upright and into the grateful arms of Mark McEnaney.

His teammates attempted to exploit the superior speed in the second half and Joe Baskerville continued a rich vein of form when he ran 80 metres unopposed to claim a fine solo score.

Tom Chambers and Clawson, again, also dotted down as Chapel took the game away from their spirited guests.

Stand-off Mike Lightfoot, unable to influence the game in the way he is used too, contributed a clever pass that sent centre Jim Moss to the line for his side’s final try late on.

A defeat for previous table-toppers Widnes seconds away to New Brighton leaves Chapel level on points with their promotion rivals at the North West Intermediate League Division Three South summit.