1st April 1988: St Helens 9 Wigan 10
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Good Friday 1st April 1988

St Helens 9 Wigan 10
Knowsley Road, St Helens
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 24 of 26
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson    
2.  Henderson Gill    
3.  Joe Lydon    G 
4.  Dean Bell    
5.  Mark Preston    
6.  Ged Byrne    
7.  Craig Rodgers    
8.  Brian Case    
9.  Shaun Wane    
10.  Adrian Shelford    
11.  Andy Goodway    
12.  Ian Potter    
13.  Ellery Hanley  T2   
 
Sub.  David Marshall    
Sub.  Graeme West    

St Helens 

1. Phil Veivers, 2. Barrie Ledger, 3. Paul Loughlin, 4. Mark Elia, 5. Les Quirk, 6. Dave Tanner, 7. Neil Holding, 8. Tony Burke, 9. Paul Groves, 10. Paul Forber, 11. John Fieldhouse, 12. Roy Haggerty, 13. Chris Arkwright. Sub: Paul Doherty, Shaun Allen.

Tries: Paul Doherty
Goals: Paul Loughlin 1, Dave Tanner 1
Drop Goals: Roy Haggerty 1

Summary: 

Wigan had hammered league leaders Widnes 28-2 at Central Park five days earlier, which had done a massive favour to St Helens who were in second place in the title race. So this was a huge game for our Knowsley Road neighbours and things looked ripe for them to win with both Andy Gregory and Shaun Edwards absent from the Wigan side. The unlikely half back pairing of Ged Byrne and Craig Rodgers played instead and then both combined to get Ellery Hanley over for a try with Joe Lydon converting for a 6-0 lead. A Paul Loughlin penalty reduced that to 6-2 by half time and Roy Haggerty kicked a drop goal to make it 6-3 soon after the break. Immediately though Wigan found a second try when Hanley again scored, this time from a Lydon kick. That made it 10-3 with the conversion being missed this time. Saints gave themselves huge hope though when Paul Doherty scored in the 61st Minute and Dave Tanner's conversion making it 10-9. However, they didn't score again and with Widnes winning away at Warrington, Saints title hopes had suffered a huge blow.

Half Time:  

St Helens 2 Wigan 6

Attendance:  

21,813

Referee:   John Kendrew (Castleford)

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match

1st Place:l Widnes - Played - 24 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 36
2nd Place:l St Helens - Played - 22 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 32
3rd Place:l Bradford - Played - 23 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 32
4th Place:l Warrington - Played - 24 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 30
5th Place:l Wigan - Played - 22 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 28