West Park 17 Tyldesley 17

St Helens Star: West Patk 17 Tyldesley17 West Patk 17 Tyldesley17

West Park where fortunate to come away with a draw only managing to secure the result in the last five minutes with a David Dickinson try, after a lacklustre display coupled with some dreadful decisions by the referee.

Park had a very strong wind behind them in the first half, but despite this opted to keep it in hand and use their young and impressive backs, eventually Park did open the scoring after 10 minutes when some very good handling set Jon James free he kicked over the cover and followed his own kick to touch down, Warren Hunt duly converted.

An unbelievable off side from a cross kick to the Tyldesley left winger who fortunately for Park knocked on, but only a minute later saw the same winger step into touch when attempting to score, the referee over ruled the touch judge (who had his flag up indicating touch) and awarded a try the conversion was missed 7-5 to Park.

Man of the match Martin Kimberley was putting himself around the pitch and was very prominent with some strong surging runs, however after receiving some very rough treatment he retaliated and was duly sin binned. This was the third player to be shown a yellow card after only 30 minutes of play.

West Park got back in control once again another excellent handling movement which saw it finished off by Warren Hunt scoring wide out, missing the difficult conversion 12-5 Half Time.

The second half saw Park making some very good in roads into the opposition territory, once again Park backs split Tyldesley defence open only for the Tyldesley left centre to attempt an interception deliberately knocking on, every player stopped, including the opposition but unfortunately the referee allowed the play to go on (much to the astonishment of the crowd) the centre gathered the ball and raced some thirty yards to score the conversion was successful 12-12.

Park camped out on the opposition line and made great efforts to get over the white wash but on each of the four occasions they managed it, the referee deemed them to be held up over the line.

Eventually Tyldesley got themselves into the Park half and after a short period of pressure managed to squeeze in at the corner for a try, unconverted giving Tyldesley the lead 12-17.

With time running out Park’s pack made a tremendous final effort driving the opposition back some 20 yards with a couple of rolling mauls, resulting in scrum half David Dickinson going down the blind side to score in the corner and level the scores at 17-17 once again the conversion sailed wide.

Next week: West Park First team are away at Sefton, the match is being played on Friday 28 February 7.30 kick off. To launch Seftons’ new floodlights.

Second team are at home on Saturday to Blackburn 3.00 pm kick off.

Third team play the winners of Macclesfield 4th and Crewe and Nantwich 3rd in the third round of the Shield at home Saturday 3.00 pm kick off.

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