LYMM made history on Saturday when achieving their first victory at Level 4 – but not before leaving their supporters biting their finger nails again!

Having fallen to last-gasp defeats in their two previous home Northern National 2 North outings, Lymm were desperately hanging on to a 30-26 advantage in the final four minutes against Tynedale at Crouchley Lane.

They had led 27-7 and 30-14 at stages of the second half against opponents also seeking their first win of the campaign, and eventually Lymm ran out 33-26 victors.

"I thought at times during the game we were excellent,” said Lymm director or rugby Adam Fletcher.

“We caused Tyndale problems throughout and scored some great tries.

“We need to learn how to put teams away at this level as we are still a bit naive and made hard work of it.”

But Lymm can take confidence of a victory into their trip to third-placed Fylde on Saturday, although they will be hoping that game-ending injuries for Cormac Nolan and Joe Senior in the opening 15 minutes against Tynedale will not be as severe as first feared.

Fletcher added: “After last-play losses against Wharfedale and Huddersfield it was so important we got the win against Tynedale.

“I feel that the squad now believe they belong at this level and the win should boost our confidence going forward.”

Lymm, who were facing Tynedale for the first time since their meeting in the John Player Special Cup first round at Corbridge 38 years ago, established a 19-0 lead in the second quarter thanks to tries by Matty Hand, Paddy Jennings and Jack Reynolds, with the first two converted by Tom Shard.

Tynedale pulled back a converted try on the stroke of half-time but a shard penalty and Harry Martin try – Lymm’s bonus-point fourth touch down – moved the hosts to a 27-7 cushion.

But Lymm were not able to establish the tight control needed to close out the game and their visitors fought back, with Tynedale hooker Jacob Oliver completing a hat-trick to make it 30-26 with three minutes remaining.

Tynedale got to within the Lymm 10-metre line again but dropped a pass and Shard had the final say with a 40-meter penalty success.

Lymm (1-15): Gavin Woods, James Pitcher, Matty Hand, James Yates, Ali Sutherland, Sean Callender, Josh Hadland, Rhys Lilly, Cal Morris, Tom Shard, Paddy Jennings, Jack Reynolds, Ste Pilkington, Joe Senior, Cormac Nolan. Replacements: Ben Thomson, Ralph McEachran, Harry Martin, Andy Williams, Andy Rowley.