Unfortunate Alnwick lose on the road at Lymm

LYMM 19ALNWICK RFC 12Since beating Lymm earlier in the season Alnwick have struggled to find any form and as a result they are now at the wrong end of the table.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 7:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 5:02 pm

Alnwick actually opened the scoring in this match at Crouchley Lane after an initial 20 minute spell in which both side failed to find their rhythm.

Jimmy Cowens was the man who went over, but the conversion was missed which meant they had to be content with a 0-5 lead.

Lymm started to go on the attack and Alnwick managed to hold them at bay for a spell.

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In fact, for a period, the Northumbrians looked the better side, but just before the half-time whistle Joe Watson skirted a couple of tackles and went over for a score, converted by Nolan, to give the home side a 7-5 interval lead.

The second half started as the first had ended, but Lymm failed to capitalise on their territory.

Alnwick made a few attackimng raids, but they were repelled by the home side who managed to clear the danger.

Then, the visitors were the victims of a rather unfortunate decision when a dropped ball was deemed as a knock-on and a yellow card was brandished.

Lymm scored soon after when Beesley, who had been the most inventive attacker for the home side, broke a tackle and raced into the space for a 12-5 lead, the conversion being missed.

However, Alnwick responded straight from the restart with winger Joe Weddell going over for the touch-down, converted by Jonny Burn, and suddenly the scores were all level again at 12-12.

Play then switched from end to end, but it was Lymm who were to seize victory when a penalty was awarded for a high tackle.

They favoured a line-out, but Alnwick were penalised again, and from a scrum Higginson forced his way over the line for what proved to be the winning score, Nolan addin g the extras for a final 19-12 scoreline.

The defeat leaves Alnwick second from bottom of the Northern premier table with 19 points from their 14 games played, two points behind local rivals Morpeth on 21.

This Saturday (January 11) the action returns to Greensfield when Alnwick take on Blaydon, who are currently sitting third in the table behind leaders Billingham and Harrogate. Next weekend Alnwick are at Morpeth.