West Park warm up for first league derby against Ruskin with big win

West Park 60 Orrell 19.

WEST Park warmed up for Saturday’s first ever league derby with neighbours Ruskin in fine style.

Although they fell behind to three penalties, Park, fielding a below strength side including three ex-colts in their backline, held their composure.

Chris Dyson opened their account with Maurice Hunt converting and then adding the two points to Dyson's second try.

Everything Park tried seemed to come off and Orrell were overwhelmed with 26 points coming in the last 15 minutes of the first half.

Tries came from Danny Green, Maurice Hunt, Matt Savage and Chris Fortune.

Hunt converted three times and adding a penalty immediately after the interval.

A try on his debut by winger John Cottom took the score to 48-9.

Orrell mounted a pick and drive attack to come back into the game as Park lost flanker Chris Fortune with a knee injury and prop Jon Gorst to the sin bin. Their hooker Lloyd Davies scored from a driving maul.

However, Hunt’s try in the corner took Park past 50 points.

When Joe Bailey was sin-binned , the Orrell eight took full advantage with David Carter taking them to 19.

Park had the last word as Danny Green scored his second try, with Hunt's conversion giving him a personal tally of 25 points.

Park’s biggest total for several seasons should not divert from the difficult tasks to come starting Saturday with their local derby at newly promoted Ruskin Park.

That game kicks off at Ruskin at 3pm, with the pavilion bar open at noon.

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