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Feversham Lens
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Re: [oftenscore6] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION or Reply Privately

Saturday 19th November 2011
Lymm 16 Darlington Mowden Park 12 (HT 11-12)
National League Three North
Admission 5 (including 36pp programme - 32pp glossy shell, 4pp insert)
Attendance 160 (h/c)


Fourth-placed Lymm ended leaders Darlington Mowden Park's 10-game winning run - but needed a slice of luck to edge an absorbing contest. The visitors thought they had snatched victory with a try by the flag in the first minute of stoppage time, only for the referee to pull them back for a marginal forward pass. How many times does that happen in rugby union, for goodness sake? Defeat would have been very hard on Lymm, who dug deep throughout, especially between the 67th and 77th minutes when down to 14 men after their loose head prop was sin-binned for putting a hand where he shouldn't (as it were). After Park's fly-half missed an early kickable penalty, Lymm went 8-0 up with a penalty (18min) from their inside centre and a try (21min) in the corner to their left wing, who capitalised on two missed tackles to finish well. Excellent support for the ball carrier saw Mowden Park close the gap to 8-7 with a nicely-worked try (29min) to their right wing, with the fly-half adding the conversion. Lymm's inside centre (37min) landed a penalty for 11-7, but the visitors crossed from a rolling maul (no idea who touched down) with the last move of the first half to lead 12-11. Little to choose between the teams in a tense second 40 minutes in which chances were few. The only score came 10 minutes in when, with Mowden Park sweeping the ball confidently across the backs and looking likely to cross, Lymm's right wing intercepted and ran 75 metres for a try his inside centre could not improve. The wing didn't really have the pace to go all the way, but the defender tracking back slipped and fell as he reached out to effect an ankle tap. The final whistle prompted joyous Lymm celebrations. Always nice to see a wholly amateur club beat one paying silly wages!

Lymm, founded in 1960, are a relatively young club and have always played at Beechwood, though in their debut season every fixture was away from home. An interesting venue, Beechwood, close to Lymm Dam, was part of the Lymm Hall estate. The mansion, whose last owner was one of the Lever brothers (the soap guys), was demolished in the 1930s, and when the rugby club moved in, they turned the surviving stables into a clubhouse and dressing rooms. The original first XV pitch is bordered by an ornate wall which marked the boundary of an exercise paddock for horses. This pitch is floodlit, railed off and slopes badly in two directions. In September 2010, Lymm opened a new senior pitch (along with two others) immediately to the south. This is flatter and wider, but lacks either lights or cover. It is railed off with sturdy wooden barriers, though the lie of the land means decent views can be had only from the north end and east side. Owing to the site's open, exposed position, this is a ground best saved for decent weather.

Thanks to Seagull for the heads-up on this table-topper. I made an eleventh hour decision to visit Lymm rather than West Hartlepool's home game with Waterloo in the same division. The standard of play in National League Three was an obvious step-up from the regional stuff I've seen in recent weeks. Hell's bells, a majority of the players looked like athletes!

One important item of news: Darlington Mowden Park are leaving their present Yiewsley Drive ground (home since 1970) at the end of the season. They will relocate from Mowden to a site in the West Park area, near the town's ring road, in time for the start of the 2012-13 campaign.


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