A BREATH-TAKING first-half showing earned Lymm RFC a statement result in their final home game of the season.

With the club celebrating its’ past players day, a large crowd was at Beechwood to see the hosts blow third-placed Blackburn away to lead 32-8 at the break.

Even though they were forced more onto the back foot after the break, Lymm were able to keep their visitors at arms’ length to secure a 42-22 victory.

“That first 25 minutes of rugby the boys put on was simply breath-taking and, in my eyes, is exactly the type of rugby you should want to go and watch,” head coach Andy Davies said as his side secured a fourth straight victory.

“We are really, really proud of what the boys did out there.

“All the things we talked about throughout the week, the lads followed through with and some more.

“Blackburn are a top tea, and there’s a reason why they are sitting third in the table, so we knew we had to come out firing and unsettle them and that's exactly what we did.”

A brace of Cormac Nolan penalties put Lymm 6-3 up before he had a hand in the game’s first try, with his mazy run leading to Nathan Beesley crossing the line.

Undeterred by Blackburn hitting back with a try of their own, Lymm pushed on as Harry Martin crossed following a line-out before scrum-half Gregor Watson took Beesley’s offload for the third try.

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Gregor Watson crosses the whitewash for Lymm. Picture by Tim Martin

Ed Morris’ close-range score secured a bonus point before half time and while Blackburn’s forward power pushed them back after the break, some stout defence and astute kicking from Tom Shard kept the hosts in control.

The visitors did get themselves two more tries, which were either side of a Nolan penalty and Martin’s second try as the result was never in serious doubt.

Lymm now finish the North Premier season with a brace of away games – they visit York on Saturday and Kirkby Lonsdale on April 23 either side of a Cheshire Cup semi-final against Anselmians at Birkenhead Park on Wednesday, April 13.

Meanwhile, Warrington RUFC ran up a dominant scoreline at one end while keeping a clean sheet at the other for the second week in succession.

Stuart Beeley’s side ran in 11 tries in a 67-0 win at struggling Orrell – a result which came hot on the heels of last weekend’s 85-0 home thrashing of Bolton.

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Warrington claim a line-out during their win at Orrell

It is now back-to-back victories for Warrington, who are fifth in the North Two West table with two games of their season remaining.

JP Hudson scored 15 of Warrington’s points as he ran in a try and kicked five conversions, while Max Caldwell crossed for two tries.

In all, there were 10 different try-scorers for the visitors as Christian White, Archie Kellett, Jonny Evans and Jack Whittaker joined Caldwell on the scoresheet in the first half, with Kellett also kicking a goal.

Jonny Evans, Oli Hudson, Josh Downes and Harry Stevens all crossed after the break.

Warrington play their final home game of the season on Saturday as they host Cockermouth at Grappenhall Sports Club.