12:54pm Thursday 19th April 2012
AFTER falling to defeat to third-placed Chester in their final home game of the season, Lymm are resigned to finishing seventh in the National League Three North.
The presence of recovering teammate Alex Bennett, who injured his spinal column playing a game for Lymm earlier this season, in his wheelchair on the sidelines seemed to give his side a lift but not enough to defeat their worthy opponents.
The fact that Lymm have secured rugby at this level for another season with limited resources is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of many at the club, not least the impact of Bennett who has been an integral member of the team.
Lymm now travel to Bradford and Bingley this Saturday.
They will hope to start as well as they did against Chester, with the hosts leaping to a 7-0 lead after five minutes thanks to Jack Johnstone’s opening try, which was converted by Luke Emmitt.
Penalties for both sides added to the scores, but excellent defence led by brothers Adam and Tom Bray meant that Lymm turned around at the break with a 10-3 lead.
Unfortunately Lymm’s second half did not match up to the first, with several chances going begging and a late Chester rally of three unanswered tries –not helped by the loss of Jordan Widdington to a yellow card– confirmed the host’s defeat.
Lymm: Knowles, Barnes-Smith, Williamson, Ferguson, Johnstone, Emmitt, Kinsey, Bray (A), Bray (T), Connelly, Sutton, Higginson, Widdrington, Allen, Bates. Subs: Ashton, Connelly, Walcott.
n IN honour of Bennett, Andy and David Williamson will complete the Great North Run in September, while pushing a wheelchair, in aid of The Injured Rugby Players Foundation and Spinal Research.
Visit Lymm’s website to find out how to donate.
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