LYMM started out on the road to Twickenham with a 40-26 win at Bromsgrove in Papa John’s RFU Regional One Championship Pool One.

Promotion-winning Lymm ventured into this new competition, which has its final at the home of England Rugby Union, with a young squad and overcame huge traffic congestion – that forced a 30-minute delay to kick off – to secure their success.

They were never behind and held the lead from the fifth minute, building up a 25-5 cushion by half-time.

Although Bromsgrove cut the gap to 25-12 early in the second half it was as close as they got to a Lymm side featuring 15 products of their mini and juniors section or Colts Academy.

Director of Rugby Adam Fletcher said: “Really pleased to get the win.

"The way we started the game was impressive. We haven’t played for three weeks and were delayed en route, so to come out of the blocks as we did was excellent.

“The league season took its toll, so some boys were deservedly rested. This gave us the opportunity to hand starts to Harry Ratcliffe, Fin Williams, James Sherlock, George Norman, James Rooney and Andy Rowley – they were all superb. Strength in depth is going to be key next season so this was really pleasing.

“Our execution was very good and we scored some excellent tries from first phase. Our defence was outstanding in patches led by Ed Morris and Fin Williams."

Hooker Rob Makin scored his 18th and 19th tries of the season, with others coming from Andy Rowley, which was his first try for the first XV since 2015, man-of-the-match Ben Simpson, Nathan Beesley, Sam Wadsworth and Cormac Nolan, who converted once and kicked a penalty.

Lymm's next fixture is uncertain at the time of writing as they were drawn in a group comprising Blackburn (second to Lymm in the North West division), Heath (second in North East) as well as Bromsgrove (fourth in the Midlands), in a schedule showing Lymm at home to Blackburn on Easter Saturday.

However, Blackburn have withdrawn from the competition and Lymm chiefs are hoping the RFU might revisit the schedule in the coming days.

Lymm seconds, comprising mainly current and recent seasons' colts, secured a 34-29 win at Fylde Hawks in NOWIRL Cup Group Two.

Lymm’s points came from tries by Callum Morris, two, Paddy Jennings, two, and Jorge Reynolds, with James Anderson kicking three conversions and a penalty.

Their next cup fixture is at home against Burnage seconds on April 15.