A LAST gasp Joe Adnams try sealed a vital win for Wirral as they beat Penrith 23-24 in Cumbria. 

With few games being played in the North of England, Wirral travelled up the M6 to play on Penrith's 3G pitch, with the rain pouring down throughout the game along with a strong wind to contend with.

It was Wirral who made the best start whilst playing against the wind and rain and they took the lead on nine mins when Tom Akehurst raced through a gap to score with the try duly converted by Ben Brooks.

The lead was doubled to 0-14 when Rhys James crossed close to the posts.

Gradually, Penrith came back into the game and scored two tries before half time to leave Wirral ahead 10-14 at half time.

In the second half, Penrith were more controlled as they built up a 20-14 lead through two  tries.

Eventually Wirral used their forwards to make progress up field and after pressure managed to score through Brooks in the corner.

A further penalty by Penrith gave them a 23-19 lead meaning Wirral would have to score a try to win the game.

In the last minutes of the match, Wirral, who were in play close to the Penrith line, turned down a kick at goal and took a five metre line out which they won and after a couple of minutes of chances, Adnams had the ball and forced his way over the line to score the winning points.