Liverpool St Helens 2nd 10-34 Northwich 2nd

NORTHWICH seconds finally ended a wait for their first win of the calendar year while director of rugby Martin Poste watched on from the side-lines.

After the first-team’s fixture was postponed for seven days, he took an opportunity to cast an eye over a side that now hopes to finish the campaign on a high.

Blacks’ dominance in the scrum set the tone, and an infringement by the home team gifted to Harry Naylor an opportunity to kick a penalty.

The pattern continued for the remainder of the opening period and the visitors added to their tally with converted tries for Scott Davidson and Joel Barber to lead 17-0 at the interval.

Northwich’s pack picked up where they had left off when the second-half started but they looked likely to concede only for an LSH wing to knock on.

An alert Tom Husband picked up the ball before running the length of the field to score.

A frustrated home team had a player sent to the sin-bin, and the visitors made their numerical advantage count when Tom Merrick and Shaun Burmah dotted down.

LSH claimed a consolation try late on, which was converted, to reduce their arrears on the scoreboard.

Poste reflected: “I thought we were terrific.

“The lads promoted from our colts team all played a part, and I saw several players who will make a step up to the first-team sooner rather than later.”

Meanwhile in the North West Intermediate League’s Division Four South, Northwich thirds won 33-26 at Linley & Kidsgrove seconds.