Monday 1 st of May 2000
Record away win
Lancashire Lynx 4 Cougars 98
MARTIN WOOD blasted his way into the Cougar record books with a 15-goal blitz against shell shocked
Woody’s kicking spree equalled the 8-year-old record set by John Wasyliw against Nottingham in
November 1992, and more records would have tumbled if he had not been denied a late try.
He added a try to his 30-points with the boot, coming within a whisker of Wasyliw’s 36 point record, also
set against Nottingham, in October 1993. The team would also have beaten the club’s highest score record
of 104-4 scored against Highrfield on their way to the Second Division championship in April 1995.
The 17 try romp in the Chorley sun really was a flash back to the good old days and only a late Lynx
tackle, which caused Woody to lose the ball over line when he looked certain to touch down, kept the other
records intact. And that was only one of four lost chances as the Cougars ran riot.
Danny Seal, Ian Hughes and Matt Walker all missed glorious chances, as the Cougars ripped open the
Lancashire defence almost at will. In the end though statistics are only for the record books, what really
mattered was the two points for victory-and a pile of points which could prove vital at the end of the
This was Keighley’s ninth successive victory and their thoroughly professional performance ensured their
points difference is now the best in the division.
They were simply too quick, to powerful and to a skilful for a Lynx team, which should perhaps be playing
National Conference rugby.
In Martin Wood and Nathan Antonik they had the intelligence to capitalise on the power of their forwards
and the pace of the backs. Richard Smith was a key player in the early stages, his pace from fullback broke
the early all Lynx resilience.
The first try and came in their seventh minute. Steve Hall was a magnificent again, taking the ball to the
Lynx line before Antonik sent Paul Harrison crashing over and Wood added the first of his conversions.
Richard Smith of the then grabbed the spotlight jinking through from just inside his own half. He raced
clear, drew the full back before sending Steve Pickles-ever in support-racing over.
Lynx got over the Cougar line, Neil Alexander being hauled back by Mick Slicker. Two plays later they
were tackled him to touch and from the resultant scrum Wood’s smart short pass sent Richard Smith on a
90m race down the field. After that the Lynx simply crumbled.
With the Cougars scoring at a point a minute they clicked up another gear to make it 54-0 at half time.
Antonik got the first of his two tries, dummying his way through a static Lynx line. Wood followed up his
own grubber kick and after half an hour it was a 36-0.
And saw the slaughter continued.
Phil Stephenson crashed over and, after coming on the from the subs bench, Danny Seal scored two quick
tries to underline his fine support skills and his value to the club. He went on to add two more but his
second was the try of the game. Antonik’s inside pass it sent Richard Smith away on half way and Seal was
on his shoulder to finish off.
Wood’s ninth consecutive conversion made it 54-0 at the break.
Jason Lee ran in the first of his brace when he followed up a good a break from Matt Walker. Ramshaw
worked a smart run-around with Antonik for his second, and Harrison crashed over out wide- which was
just a kick too far for Wood.
Dean Hanger was introduced and soon worked his magic down the blind side, a smart one-two with Mick
Slicker paying dividends.
Lynx best player was a wingman Dave Jones who got their points when he went over from acting half
during a rare trip into the Cougar half.
But the scoring machine had not stalled, Graham Hallas broke from midfield to link with Wood who sent
Seal over for his hat-trick. Antonik dummied the defence on a replay of the Ramshaw run-around to go
over untouched. Walker put Seal over, but he inexplicably lost the ball but soon made amends when he
backed up a smart Slicker can break for his fourth try.
The final points came from Wood’s boot, but he could have had a personal tally of 40 points. He looked to
have scored when he finished off a five man move with just two minutes left, that would have been the
icing on the cake, but no one was disappointed as the Cougar fans cheered their heroes from the field.
Lancashire Lynx: Roberts, Doherty, O’Loughlin, Garcia, Jones, Alexander, Barker, Pekepo, Roden
(Ramsdale 58), Norton, Millard, Houghton (Davis 20, Lewis 47), Vincent (Potter 44).
Cougars: R.Smith, Tomlinson, K.Smith (Hanger 49), Hallas, Lee, Pickles (Seal 33), Antonik, Hall,
Ramshaw, Slicker (Stephenson 24), Harrison (Hughes 53), Walker, Wood.