MATTY Dawson has signed a two-year contract extension at the Saints.The former Huddersfield Giant and Castleford Tiger will remain with the Champions until the end of 2017.Matty is predominately a winger but has also played in the centres since he signed for the club in 2014.“I had no hesitation to re-sign with the Saints,” Matty said. “I said when I signed two years ago that I was overwhelmed to be joining such a club and to accept another deal is a no brainer.“I know Nathan Brown brought me to the Saints but it is pleasing that Keiron Cunningham has seen something in me. I hope I can continue to impress him and do what I can for the club.“Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am playing for St Helens; when you consider its history. It is a massive thing for me personally.“To be part of the squad last season was also very special and what we achieved. I played 19 games but got injured towards the back end of the year and that perhaps cost me a place in the Final.“This year I have played a few games and I am now back in the team following injury. Keiron has put faith in me following Tommy Makinson’s injury and hopefully I can fill his shoes.“I will do my best to do that and kick on for the rest of the season.“Langtree Park was bouncing last Friday against Wigan and I want to be part of those big games.”Previously, Matty played for Castleford until he was snapped up by Brown for the Giants ahead of the 2010 season.19 games followed in 2014 with six tries marking a solid season from the flyer.And in 2015 he played six times before an ankle injury saw him miss eight weeks until his return last week.
SAINTS take on Wakefield Wildcats tonight in Round 5 of the First Utility Super League XXI season.As with all our home games this year, we have a host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchnight experience.Game Schedule Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open from 4.30pm.Turnstiles – Open 6.30pm. Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Typhoo and the Hattons Solicitors Family Stands, as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free! Inflatables – We have a range of inflatables in the South West concourse, close to the Karalius’ Bar kiosk, and in the North Stand for our Junior fans to enjoy! Frankfurters – A tasty range will be on sale in several kiosks around the concourse.Members Meal Deal – Crisps, Sweet Bag and Cup of Tea just £5. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosk on Saints matchdays.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6:30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!Players – We will have two members of the first-team squad down in the concourses to meet fans and sign autographs. They will be in the South West concourse area at around 6:45pm, North Stand (7pm) and the South East (7:15pm). Look out for the life-size cutouts in the South West & North Stand to mark the spot where they will be.Cheerleaders – Junior and Senior groups will be performing pre game.Mat Crawley – Mat will be singing a selection of classic Ratpack style music before the match.Half time – Kicking competition in association with ODs Designer Clothing. Friday’s match is sponsored by Fleet Dynamic with the match ball supported by St Helens Autism Support. This package has kindly been donated to the society by Heritage Leisure Designs.You can find out more about our match partners here.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, McLoughlin and Harvey East and Totally Wicked North Stands.If you require a Solarking South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore will be open until kick-off and for an hour afterwards.Members get 15 per cent off all souvenirs in March. Simply input your membership number at checkout at the Saints Superstore or take your Membership Card into the Saints Superstore. The sixth edition of our fantastic match programme ‘Strength in Numbers’ will be on sale.It features an exclusive interview with Kyle Amor as well we a look back at recent events at Langtree Park. There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. Stickers this week are Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Boots.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington Audi.TravelIf you haven’t planned your trip to Langtree Park, then take a look at our Travel Section for the best ways of getting to the stadium.Matchday Car Parking details are here.OD’s Crossbar ChallengeThe half time crossbar game returns with participants having the chance to win £100 in ODs vouchers.If you want to take part email the club at [email protected]
The centre collected a chip from the immense Theo Fages and put down under pressure, with minute room, to swing the contest back to his side.Danny Richardson then showed remarkable maturity to add a drop goal to leave Hull with too much to do.Fages and Percival were class personified throughout – and they were backed by the likes of Luke Thompson, James Roby and Luke Douglas.Handling conditions weren’t the best all night and both sides struggled with completion.Saints certainly did early on as they dominated the first half.Morgan Knowles, Dominique Peyroux and Fages all went close before Jamie Shaul put the visitors ahead.He took a simple pass to finish off a simple move – but there was a clear forward pass from Albert Kelly in the build up.Saints hit back on the half hour mark after winning back to back sets.Kicks from Richardson and Fages forced errors from the Hull defence and then James Roby darted in from dummy half.Mark Percival levelling it with the boot – and then tagging on a penalty as the half time hooter went.Saints forced a drop out within the first minute of the second half, and then got another in the second.They couldn’t profit but did when a piece of individual brilliance from Fages extended Saints’ advantage – and Percival was the benefactor.On the last, the half back shaped to kick it on the short side but showed great feet to dance through the defence and put Percival over.Josh Griffin felled Jonny Lomax on 57 minutes – and was very lucky to stay on the field – before Luke Thompson went within inches as the game creeped into the final quarter.More chances came and went, and the visitors made them pay as Mahe Fonua had the simplest task of putting down after he caught Percival’s tip back following a high ball.It was a blow for the hosts considering they had dominated the majority of the game.And it almost worse as following Sneyd’s 40:20, and two drop outs, the video referee had to rule out a Talanoa score.The big winger impeding Makinson as he went for the ball.Mark Percival then produced a bit of class to stretch Saints’ lead and it was once again down to Fages.His cute chip on the last was inch perfect for the centre to collect and then somehow put it down for a worldie of a finish.Danny Richardson showed his maturity with a drop goal wth 77 on the clock to make the game safe – and it was game, set and match when Thompson smashed the ball from Griffin to seal the deal.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Roby, Percival (2), Goals: Percival (3 from 4) Drop: RichardsonHull: Tries: Shaul, Fonua Goals: Sneyd (2 from 2)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 7 Hull: 1HT: 8-6 FT: 19-12REF: P BenthamATT: 9,910Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 10. Kyle Amor, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Tommy Lee.Hull FC: 1. Jamie Shaul; 2. Mahe Fonua, 4. Josh Griffin, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Fetuli Talanoa; 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 22. Josh Bowden, 17. Danny Washbrook, 12. Mark Minichiello, 21. Sika Manu. Subs: 10. Liam Watts, 14. Jake Connor, 16. Jordan Thompson, 29. Masimbaashe Matongo