THE Lymm Rugby Club production line continues to churn out talented young players.

That was further evidenced at the weekend when six of the club’s senior colts lined up for Cheshire in their first county match of the season at said age group.

Props Soheil Kaikai and Charlie Warr, hooker Mike Butler, second rower Titus Jones, flanker Harrison Krippner and winger Ed Dobbs were all in the team that lined up against Northumberland – a game Cheshire won 31-22.

Club president Neil Kelly hailed the boys’ achievements and expressed hope that they will soon line up for the senior side at Beechwood.

“It is great to see so many young players from Lymm represent Cheshire in one match,” he said.

“It is a much-deserved honour and proof that despite the recent Covid issues, our mini, junior and colts teams are on track, encouraging and producing top players at this age group.

“I look forward to seeing them all in the senior squad soon.”

Meanwhile, a superb defensive display allowed Lymm’s first team to mark their first game of 2022 with a victory.

Adam Fletcher’s men returned from a four-week break with a 15-9 win at Wirral, with all of their points being scored in a first half in which they used a strong wind to their advantage.

Oli Higginson and Aaron Rasheed crossed for tries, with Cormac Nolan kicking a conversion and a penalty as Lymm turned around 15-0 up.

A trio of penalties brought the hosts back to within a score as the game went into the final quarter but some aggressive Lymm defence saw their try line remain intact, with a superb cover tackle from full-back Nolan the highlight.

“I thought the first half performance was brilliant,” coach Andy Davies said.

“We did have the wind behind us but utilised the perfect mix of playing and kicking.

“The second half was always going to be tough playing into the wind and fatigue did creep in, leading to errors and indiscipline.

“Ultimately our first-half performance won us the game and it’s nice to start the new year with a victory, especially at such a difficult place to win.”

Back at Beechwood, the seconds recovered from a nightmare start to beat their Fylde counterparts 21-12.

The hosts were 12-0 down inside the first 10 minutes but recovered thanks to tries from Toby Phillips and Kieran Williams, with Tom Shard kicking three penalties and a conversion.

Saturday sees the firsts welcome Alnwick to Beechwood while the seconds visit Sandbach.