HOLMES Chapel secured a win at Lymm thirds on Saturday.

The boys in Blue had a fantastic opportunity to keep their winning streak going and start to put some pressure on the teams above.

Although a clean, clinical performance is what was required, what followed turned out to be one of the stranger and more frustrating games that a lot of the players had ever played in.

Holmes Chapel, who won 57-28, got off to an unconvincing start.

However the first two times that they entered the 22 Mark McEnaney got over the line from short range and Andy Davies converted.

Lymm replied almost instantly when a well-executed cross-field kick bounced nicely into the winger’s hands and they slid over in the corner. They nailed the conversion to make the score 7-14.

Although struggling to put regular phases together, Chapel were able to reply with Dom Moss bagging a try following some nice pick and goes, 7-19.

Lymm were then able to capitalise on Chapel’s below-par performance by stringing two tries together, one another well executed cross-field kick and the other crashing the ball up through the middle.

These were both converted to take the lead 21-19.

What followed was a bizarre passage of play where two Lymm players were sin binned for mouthing off to the referee.

The resulting scrum led to Chapel utilising the overlap and putting Jack Cottam in for his first try of the season, Davies converting to make the score 21-26.

Following another yellow card to Lymm, amazingly with just 12 men they were able to score a breakaway try and converted to retake the lead at 28-26.

The Chapel boys were visibly frustrated as they struggled to bring any structure to their game.

A fourth yellow card for Lymm led to mass confusion as players kept coming off and on.

A fantastic break and pace from Luke Cheetham on the left brought back the lead and another try to prolific Tom Chambers, who is now battling with Luke Cheetham for top try scorer, gave Chapel some breathing space, the score 28-38.

A penalty try progressed the score and the game got stranger when a further two yellow cards landed for Lymm.

For the last 15 minutes of play Chapel were excellent, thanks to the contribution from the players on the bench Ed Chappell, Harry Snape and Kieron Davies.

This was rewarded when David Steer was able to crash over the line following a pop from Kieron Davies at 10. Kieron Davies then topped off his impactful performance with a luscious cross-field kick which fell straight into the hands of Jack Cottam at full tilt who was able to finish off a nice last 15 minutes.

Man of the match was shared between all three substitutes, Ed Chappell, Harry Snape and Kieron Davies for having an excellent impact.