|5 Years Ago.|
2nd March 2008, Saints 34 Wakefield T 30.
Injury hit Saints went 12-0 up with tries by Leon Pryce and Paul Wellens, converted by Sean Long, before the Wildcats replied in kind. James Graham then went over to give Saints a six point advantage, but the visitors tied matters up again on the stroke of half time. In the second half Trinity went 30-18 until Wellens, operating at loose forward, put Gardner over. Gardner then cashed in on a Trinity error, but Long missed to conversion to leave Saints trailing by two. With time running out Long chipped ahead and Francis Meli got the ball back to Wellens who touched down for the winner.
10 Years Ago.
28th February 2003, Saints 38 Batley 12 (CC 5th Rd)
Saints rested many players and gave Steve Rowlands and Steve Maden their first competitive starts. Although the National League side, scored the first try on a rain soaked night and John Kirkpatrick was sin binned after 15 minutes, Saints ran in four tries with Tommy Martyn, Tim Jonkers, Barry Ward and Maden touching down. Mark Edmonson went over on the re-start before Kirkpatrick and Jonkers rounded off the scoring. Sean Long added four conversions and Martyn one
15 Years Ago
1st March 1998, Saints 35 Warrington 22 (CC 5th Rd)
Warrington’s plan of using spoiling tactics almost worked in a bruising encounter. The Wolves opened the scoring but Anthony Sullivan went over in the corner and Bobbie Goulding converted. Goulding added a penalty as Warrington had a man sin binned, but it was they who scored next. Tries by Chris Smith and Tommy Martyn gave Saints a 16-12 half time lead. Two penalties brought the visitors level. Paul Newlove then turned Lee Penny inside out to put Saints back in front and Keiron Cunningham barged over to increase the gap, but Warrington hit back to reduce the deficit. A Goulding dropped goal put Saints two scores ahead and Newlove rounded the game off with his second try
20 Years Ago
3rd March 1993, Saints 24 Castleford 20.
After three defeats things again looked bad when Castleford raced over half the length of the field to open the scoring. Saints hit back with tries by Sonny Nickle, Chris Joynt and Jonathon Griffiths to lead 16-6 at half time. Cas again opened the try scoring in the second half but Paul Loughlin gave Saints breathing space with a penalty. Alan Hunte set up a try for Tea Ropati and Saints looked home and dry with a 14 point lead, but the Yorkshire said scored two late tries in front of the thinly populated Saints crowd.
25 Years Ago
28th February 1988, Salford 22 Saints 18 (CC 3rd Rd)
Saints crashed out of the Challenge Cup as Salford produced the shock result of the round. Saints were 6-2 after Tony Burke had crashed over and Paul Loughlin converted, but Salford led 12-6 at the break. That lead increased to ten points after 50 minutes but Loughlin went over to give Saints hope. With ten minutes to go Saints were in possession under their own posts when Burke threw out a wild pass that was picked up by Salford who restored their ten point lead. Bernard Dwyer added Saints’ third try, but it was all too late
30 Years Ago
27th February 1983, Leeds 13 Saints 23 (CC 2nd Rd)
Saints produced a magnificent performance with Harry Pinner outstanding as Saints beat Leeds for the first time in 5 years. Tries by Neil Holding and Gary Moorby along with a conversion by Clive Griffiths and two dropped goals by Pinner and one from Holding gave Saints a 11-5 half time lead. Griffiths added a penalty before Leeds hit back with a try. Roy Haggerty then increased Saints lead, but with Chris Arkwright in the sin bin, Leeds reduced the gap to five points. Haggerty then went in for his second try to secure the game
35 Years Ago
26th February 1978, Pilkington Recs 22 Castleford 23 (CC 1st Rd)
Saints had comfortably disposed of Huyton 36-8 but over 11,000 fans attended Knowsley Road to see the local amateur side once again come agonisingly close to upsetting a professional club. Pilks raced into a 20-8 lead after 35 mins, then the incident that probably changed the game. With Cas pinned on their own line the ball went to the left winger who raced 80 metres to touchdown and reduce the gap to seven points at half time. In the second half Recs despite a valiant effort could only manage a penalty goal.
40 Years Ago
2nd March 1973, Saints 29 Blackpool B 0.
Injury hit Saints gained their first victory in four games over a side that had won only three of its 29 games, but there was more bad news on the injury front with recent signing George Nicholls breaking his arm. In a dull and often boring first half David Eckersley and Jeff Heaton scored tries. There was little to excite the small crowd in the second half although Ken Kelly and Roy Mathias did their best with long range tries. Eckersley added his second before Mel James went through some weak tackling. Kel Coslett finished with five conversions.
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