Home delight at long last

West Park
West Park

West Park 20

Ashton on Mersey 14

SHOWING signs of recovery after their recent disasterous sequence of injuries, Park opened brightly.

After a period of pressure on the visitors’ line, a trademark dummy by Rob Hitchmough put the veteran fly-half over between the posts after 12 minutes, Warren Hunt converting.

Stung into a quick response, the visitors used their pack to storm the Park line and when their defence was drawn into a mass forward drive, it left a gap for left-winger Tim Lynham to cross, improved by Mark Nicholson’s excellent touchline conversion.

Park opened the second half as they had the first, penning Ashton in their own half.

But it was from long range that they added to their score, Matt Cozens breaking clear from 70 metres to score in the corner.

And Park’s backs broke through again when a supporting Chris Fortune put Warren Hunt over in the corner for a decisive 20-7 lead.

The visitors’ pack, however, then began to dominate the home eight.

Park held out well until they were adjudged deliberately offside as Ashton went for a pushover, and a penalty try, which was converted, put a different complexion on the score.

Nonetheless, it was still a worthy first home win of the season for Park.

Whitchurch Seconds 29

West Park Seconds 7

THE visitors put up a spirited display, but ultimately were unable to overcome the home side’s much larger pack that gave their backs the lions share of possession which they ultimately put to good use.

Sefton Senior Colts 22

West Park Senior Colts 24

WEST Park just maintained their position at the top of the table.

Sefton took a 5-0 lead but Park immediately hit back with an Ollie Berry try and Ethan Allen conversion.

After a scecond Sefton try, a dazzling run by Matt Savage for a solo try, and another score for Berry, both converted by Allen, gave West Park a 21-10 half time lead.

In the second half, Sefton took a 22-21 lead before a last-minute move ended with John Gorst kicking a match-winning penalty.