1st XV - Match centre

Altrincham Kersal
Birkenhead Park
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - North 1 West Full time

No walk in the Park for Birkenhead, in the final home game for AK

great game of rugby in AK's penultimate league match.

A great crowd had gathered down at Stelfox Ave to welcome both teams as they ran onto the pitch for the last home game of season 2016/17, the late spring sun making another welcome appearance, giving both sets of supporters reasons to be cheerful and make a few forays to the bar, which was busy making final preparations for Altrincham Kersal's Captains Dinner to be held later that evening.
From the start it was Birkenhead Park showing all the more reason why they've rightfully held their 2nd place in North One West league this season, with some fast flowing rugby and hard hitting tackles, making Kersal's life a little difficult in the early stages of play.
Park scoring first from a series of pin point passes, as they stormed through AK's defence to score their first try, duly converted.
AK may have been forgiven for thinking this was just the setting of the scene for the rest of the match but no, it seemed to spark something of a fight back to maintain a grip for AK on the game, AK securing a penalty from the boot of Ross Keatch which gave the home team the impetus to dig in and prove they were not going to be another Park walk over.
2nd half saw AK make the first move as James Coulson broke free from Park's defensive clutches and raced the length of their half to score a magnificent solo try, converted by Ross Keatch.
The mini AK renaissance continued as JP Singleton also squeezed through Park's defence to bag himself a try, Keatch's conversion drifting by the posts by inches.
Birkenhead now regrouped and apparently with the bit well and truly between their teeth, started to turn the screw with every well worked move and tackle, starting to give credence to their deserved position in the league, the game's momentum had definitely turned back in Park's favour as they ploughed through AK's defence to score another two tries, making the final score 15-34 to Park.
Even with no win today, there was definitely no shame for AK as they reflect on a difficult season with more than their fair share of injury setbacks to key players, this match definitely proved that next season we will be back stronger and determined to improve significantly on the final place in the league.
Next week AK1XV travel to St Benedicts in Cumbria to play the water logged pitch postponed fixture from 11th March, this will be the final game of the season.

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Blackburn 26 62
9. St Benedicts 25 51
10. Altrincham Kersal 26 48
11. Rochdale 25 47
12. West Park SH 26 40
13. Leigh 26 29
14. Eccles 26 13

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