Wprfc 55 Liverpool Collegiate 19
By Brian Concannon
After slow start Park play well in front of a big crowd
Match report by Dave Snasdell
This was Parks last home game of the season and with a large crowd attending as the club was hosting a players reunion the pressure was on to give a good performance to the spectators.
A minute silence was held with all three senior teams taking part along with the opposition players to mark the sad passing of stalwart past president Ollie Palin who passed away on Friday.
Park put themselves under pressure in the first minute loosing in the line out 10 metres from the try line and Liverpool driving over the line. The conversion was missed.
The sides settled and after 18 minutes of play Park were awarded a penalty for a high tackle and Cameron Flanagan slotted over the points. Liverpool came straight back and were awarded a penalty for going over the top and took the advantage set the ball into a maul then drove over the line for a second try. The kick was converted.
The Park pack was being pushed back so Far made some changed and replaced Mike Hallworth with Harry Stubbs to add some weight and stability to the pack. This payed off and Park were awarded a penalty for Liverpool dropping the scrum. Park took a quick tap penalty and Sam Brookes ran through the defence to score. Cameron Flanagan kicked the points for Park to go into the half time 10 to 12 down.
Park started the second half with more energy and within two minutes were on the score sheet with a nice move with the ball going along the back line to Lee Allmark who passed inside to full back Jack Williams to go over the line. Cameron Flanagan converted the points.
Liverpool had a player sin binned for dropping on a player and Park took the advantage taking a quick tap penalty and Alex Glendining driving over the line. The conversion was missed.
Within minutes Park scored again with Lee Allmark sprinting down the line passing inside to Matt Treacy then to Harry Stubb's to sprint over the line. Cameron Flanagan kicked the points and the home crowd were warming to the great second half play by Park on Harry Stubb's 300th first team appearance.
Coach Farr made some changes replacing Matt Treacy for Gary Dykes.
On the stroke of four Alex Glendining scored a fantastic individual try similar to one he scored last week. Five metres from the Park try line he stole the ball from the back of Liverpool's scrum ripping the ball out of a Liverpool players hand and sprinting the full length of the pitch to score. The kick was converted by Cameron Flanagan.
Coach Farr replaced Jimmy Moran with Jamie Hawes who's first touch of the ball saw him go over the line in the corner for Parks sixth try. The conversion was missed.
Alex Glendining was replaced for Mike Hallworth.
Park continued to put the pressure on Liverpool and Dave Cross in similar fashion to Alex Glendining try stole the ball in his own ten metres and sprinted to Liverpool's 10 metre line before being tackled he passed the ball to supporting player Lee Allmark to go over the line.
Park's eighth and last try came from a great run by Harry Stubb's who as he was tackled passed out to captain Dave Cross to go over the line. The kick was converted by Cameron Flanagan.
In the last play of the game Liverpool having pressured Park in the last five minutes scored a further try and conversion to see the game conclude at 55 to 19. An impressive second half display by the home team with hooker Andrew Evans having a great game in the pack and his open play.
Squad: Mike Eaves,Andrew Evans,Dan Snowden, Mike Hallworth,Dave Cross,Alex Glendining,Matt Treacy,Dan Williams, Matt Cross,Cameron Flanagan,Sam Brookes,Sam Houghton,Jack Williams,Lee Allmark and Jimmy Moran. Replacements: Harry Stubbs,Gary Dykes and Jamie Hawes.
Next week Park play Crewe and Nantwich at New Brighton in the bowl final at New Brighton 2pm kick off and the week after travel to Fleetwood for the last game of the season.