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Liverpool Collegiate
Winnington Park
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - Northern Division - Lancs/Cheshire Division 1 Full time

Park win away at Liverpool

Park win despite being below par

Park travelled to Liverpool Collegiate to play a team we knew well having beaten them 3 times last season. Liverpool, who were promoted alongside Park, have always provided a stern test for Park with games always being close hard fought affairs. We expected this game to follow this pattern.
Liverpool have had a difficult start to the League campaign and Park travelled with the aim of making if 4 wins out of 5 in our League campaign which would be an excellent start to our season in the higher league.
Park started the game brightly and immediately put Liverpool under pressure. A series of attacking plays stretched the Liverpool defence. Despite strong defence Park kept the ball and the pressure on Liverpool. On 7 minutes the Liverpool defence was finally broken with scrum half Matt Cross picking the ball from the ruck and spotting a gap to go under the posts for the first score of the game. Flanagan converted the extras. Liverpool 0 V Park 7
Park seemed to relax and Liverpool began to get a foothold in the game. A penalty for Liverpool reduced the arrears to 3 – 7 and Park struggled to make any further scoring opportunities with mistakes beginning to creep into the game.
On 27 minutes Alex Glendenning scored a try following a period of forward plays close to the Liverpool line. Glendenning picked up from the back of a ruck and crashed over. Flanagan converted wo make the score 3 - 14
2 minutes later a surging run from the back of a scrum from Dan Williams broke the defensive line. A short pass to Harry Stubbs created the space for Stubbs to score. Flanagan converted making the score 3 – 21 to Park
From the Kick Off Park made a series of errors allowing Liverpool to test to Park defences. After several planned moves the break through came with Liverpool scoring in the corner to make the score 8 – 21.Half Time Liverpool Collegiate 8 – 21 Park 21
Park started the second half strongly and were awarded a penalty which Flanagan converted to make the score 8 – 24.Park relaxed again allowing Liverpool to have their best spell of the game. They should have scored in the corner but unfortunately dropped the ball diving over line. Liverpool continued to pressure park and were awarded a try following a charge down from an attempted clearance 15 – 24.
Park were not quite at the top of their game. With 15 minutes to go they finally picked up the pace.
A break from Stubbs set up Chris Sheppard to run 30 metres to score a try. Flanagan converted to make the score 15 -31.Minutes later a break by James Johnson who then fed Dan Williams in space to score another try. Flanagan converted 15 38
Liverpool scored a consolation try 2 minutes from the end of the game making the score 20 – 38.Park however were not done and another barnstorming run form Shaun Underdown followed by a short pass to Andrew Evans allowed the hooker to score under the posts. Flanagan converted making the final score Liverpool Collegiate 20 V 45 Winnington Park.
In the end a convincing win for Park who were not at their best for large parts of this game. They will face sterner tests than this and will not win games making so many errors.
Coach Matt Farr said” we started and ended well but made too many errors throughout the game. However to come to a tough opponent, like Liverpool, and win while not being at our best is a great achievement. It has been a great start to our League campaign but we still have many areas where I think we can improve”.
This weekend Park visit Southport in the League.
Squad: Underdown, Evans, Eaves, Hallworth, Snowden, Stubbs, Glendenning, D Williams,
M Cross, Flanagan, Twigg, Brookes, Johnson, Sheppard, J Williams,
Subs: Robins, Pugh, Moran.(All used)

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2. Altrincham Kersal 5 25
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