West Park 1st XV 40 pts V Hoylake 1st XV 12 pts
Report by George Baldry
"spirit and endeavour was evident throughout"
Despite being forced into several changes once again, West Park coped well with the obvious disruption , and a spirit and endeavour was evident throughout, no more so than from young debutant Jack Holland who not only scored a try but converted the five tries he attempted.
Some 20 minutes into the game Hoylake opened the scoring with a try from a simple passing movement which was neatly converted from a difficult angle.
The home side were often guilty of over-elaboration in transferring the ball across the pitch, and with better judgement could have scored on several occasions. As it was it was almost half time before they registered their first score with centre Olly Berry crashing over from close range, the try not being converted. Although two points behind at the start of the second half Park looked much more comfortable and dangerous with the ball in hand, and first winger Jack Holland finished off a move involving flanker Jack Winstanley and captain Matt Cozens, followed shortly afterwards by a further score from prop Kurt Riley who powered his way over wide out after good approach work from scrum half Adam Smith.
Both tries were expertly converted by Jack Holland providing Park with a healthy 12 point lead. The home side were now playing with purpose and style, and a fourth try , and associated bonus point, soon followed, as centre Josh Ainsworth scored from a typical powerful run after a move initially involving scrum half Adam Smith and captain Matt Cozens, Holland adding the extras.
Ainsworth was again on hand to score the next try also, after good work in the line out by Lewis Harris the ball was transferred at speed to find the centre whose run was strong and decisive, Jack Holland converting . The game was now well won by West Park and the introduction from the bench of the older brother Luke Holland saw him score a try under the posts which younger brother Jack unerringly converted, rightly sealing his man of the match performance.
The visitors had the last word scoring a scrappy try at the final whistle which was not converted.
West Park have no game next week, the next fixture being on 25th Nov when they travel to Glossop, where the same spirit, endeavour and self belief will undoubtedly be needed against stronger opposition.