Carnforth 31-5 Liverpool St Helens

Carnforth's Mathew Short.
Carnforth's Mathew Short.
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Carnforth got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 31-5 victory over Liverpool St Helens 2nds at Kellet Road.

Carnforth came close to scoring, before a skirmish near to the touchline saw the St Helens coach join the field of play to get involved.

The game settled down, with Nick Hamer linking superbly with Liam Hall and Mathew Short, before the latter released fellow centre Olly Murray to finish well in the corner, Mathew Short converting.

Hamer and flanker Dan Blenkharn continued to make breaks to keep the Liverpool side on the back foot, and half an hour into the game Carnforth doubled their lead.

Half backs Donald Haddow and Hamer linked up with Murray, who sent Short away to cut through for a great try, his conversion making it 14-0.

Prop Jason Waterhouse came close to scoring as Carnforth opened the second half well, before Harrison made another superb break into the heart of the LSH defence – the ball came out to the backs, Haddow did superbly before Hall was able to burst through for a determined try.

Five minutes later Hall turned provider, his run down the pitch saw a superb offload to Murray, the centre had plenty to do but he finished superbly to give his team a 24-0 lead.

Carnforth could have run away with the game, but the visitors refused to buckle and they kept coming back at Carnforth – their rewards came with a well-taken try from a penalty move out wide.

St Helens went on the attack again straight away, and the Carnforth defence had to be alert – Tomlinson and O’Connor both making breaks from defence.

With 10 minutes to go Carnforth made certain of the points when Blenkharn was rewarded for his hard work all afternoon with his seventh try of the season, as he scampered through the defence to score, Short added the two for a 31 - 5 victory.