Lancashire back at Twickenham

Rawlings - among the try-scorers
Rawlings - among the try-scorers
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Lancashire are through to the final of the County Championship after a dramatic, 25-19 win over Cheshire at Sedgley Park.

They made it to the decider at Twickenham on Sunday week after coming from 19-7 behind.

In a match played in driving ran, Cheshire took the early initiative as their pack enjoyed dominant period.

Lancashire’s former Fylde lock Gareth Rawlings was yellow-carded and while he was off the field, Cheshire scored a penalty try before adding a penalty to go 10-0 in front.

Rawlings, now with Longton, cut the deficit with a try goaled by Chris Johnson, the Lancashire captain.

Cheshire hit back with a dropped goal just before half-time - the visitors went into the interval 13-7 up.

Two further penalties by Cheshire in the second half meant Cheshire stretched their advantage to 19-7.

Johnson landed a penalty for Lancashire, but the visitors remained two scores clear.

On 66 minutes, the Fylde fly-half reduced the deficit before the match took a dramatic turn in Lancashire’s favour.

Fylde’s player of the year, prop Adam Lewis dived over in the corner in the 74th minute and Johnson’s superb conversion gave Lancashire the lead at 20-19.

Then in the dying stages, Warren Spragg dived over for a try to seal the Red Rose county’s return to Twickenham to defend the Bill Beaumont Trophy.