LYMM defied the numbers to seal a last-gasp 15-14 victory at rain-sodden Fylde on Saturday.

Despite being down to 13 men and having fallen behind to a converted home try in the 78th minute, Lymm produced a mighty effort from the restart to set up play for a sweet winning moment in the National League 2 North clash.

When Fylde’s winger dropped a high kick, not for the first time, the ball stuttered into touch on the home 22.

The ensuing lineout saw a determined series of charges at the Fylde line and the ball consistently came back.

It was after a number of surges that Tom Shard, who had kicked four earlier penalties, sat in the pocket, in front of the sticks, and called for the ball.

Warrington Guardian: Tom Shard kicks a penalty for LymmTom Shard kicks a penalty for Lymm (Image: Tim Martin)

In what can only be described as his Jonny Wilkinson moment, Shard successfully slotted a very fashionable drop goal to decide the game in the dying seconds, to huge roars from the players and travelling support.

Director of rugby Adam Fletcher said: “To win the match in the manner we did was amazing. We only had 13 men on the pitch so to get ourselves into position for Shardy to execute the drop goal was immense.

“We started the game really well and took great confidence from this.

“I thought our half backs, Cal Morris and Tom Shard, put us in some great positions and forced Fylde into making multiple errors.

“We gave away far too many penalties, especially in the second half. It very nearly cost us the match. We need to learn quickly how to work with the assistant referees.

“The defensive effort was huge, led by the back row. I’m sure Tom Bray, our defence coach will be happy with the line speed and physicality.

“Onwards to Saturday and back to Crouchley Lane to play Sheffield, who are just one position above us at eighth.”

Lymm (1 to 15): Gav Woods, James Pitcher, Matty Hand, James Yates, Harry Martin, Sean Callender, Josh Hadland, Rhys Lilly, Cal Morris, Tom Shard, Paddy Jennings, James Kimber, Ste Pilkington, Andy Williams, Jack Reynolds. Replacements: Joe Higgins, James Sherlock, Alex Stewart, Jack Stride, Rory Ridell.

Warrington Guardian: Andy Williams breaking down his wing for Lymm against FyldeAndy Williams breaking down his wing for Lymm against Fylde (Image: Tim Martin)