New Brighton 32 West Park 18

First published in Sport

The visitors put up a spirited defence throughout the game which ran away from them in the last quarter, finishing with a score that was hardly credit to their fine efforts.

From the outset the home side were intent on making ground through their forward play, and spurning two penalties and kicking for touch eventually won a line out which enabled fly half Charlesworth to score a good try within ten minutes of the start, the try being converted by full back Williams.

Park soon hit back with a fine try of their own, as their back division showed superior skill to the opposition resulting in a try for Savage, the attempted conversion by Hunt hitting the post but staying out.

Although West Park’s front row were never overshadowed throughout the game, the home side’s pack proved dominant overall, and worked another try as their prop forward crashed over from close range for a further try which wasn’t able to be converted.

The visitors backs looked sharp with ball in hand and fly half Rosney , having a good attacking game , put winger Hunt in for a try which again was not converted, leaving New Brighton with only a two point lead at the half time mark.

Apparent indiscretions saw the referee issue somewhat unwarranted yellow cards to two West Park players, one either side of half time, and also a New Brighton player with each side advancing their score with a converted penalty apiece.

The initiative however swung back to the visitors as centre John Jones intercepted a pass to halt a promising New Brighton move and race some 50 mtrs to score a try which again went unconverted but gave Park a 18pts to 15pts advantage.

The lead changed hands again as New Brighton’s forwards created another try for themselves, again not converted, but giving them a two point lead entering the last quarter of the game.

An almost certain try was stopped as the referee brought Park back when racing clear to caution a New Brighton player, and then award the visitors a penalty which was too far out to offer a chance of a kick at goal. A visitors score then would likely have been crucial to the outcome, but it was the home side who scored next as their forwards won a lineout close to the Park line and drove over to add a converted try to their score.

The visitors pressed hard and good attacking play from fly half Rosney and centre Warburton was to no avail as a clever cross field kick by New Brighton’s fly half found his winger who outpaced the visitors cover to score wide out, a try again not converted.

The visitors should take plenty of positives from this performance, and show the same conviction against next week’s opponents Crewe and Nantwich at Red Rocks, kick off 2.15pm.

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