DESPITE an excellent all round display against a team pushing for promotion, the home side once again was forced to concede the points in the 80th minute, the referee awarding the visitors a penalty try for collapsing a maul close to the try line.

Playing with only 14 men for the best part of an hour, Glossop concentrated their game in the forwards, often leaving their back line exposed,

Park failing to adjust their game plan to benefit from their numerical advantage.

There was no score at half time, but a penalty to the visitors saw then take the lead some 10 minutes into the second half.

The home side re-took the lead after winning a scrum, the ball being expertly recycled from scrum half Smith via centre Hill to full back and man of the match Jack Holland to cross for a good try which stand off Rosney converted.

A rare passing movement across their back line resulted in an unconverted try for the visitors, but Park’s backs showed slick hands to take back the lead, centre Warburton making an excellent break before finding

second row Harris in support to cross for a try which Jack Holland converted to give the home side a six point lead.

An early push at a set scrum gave the visitors the impetus to pick and go and eventually cross for an unconverted try to give themselves a slender one point lead.

The home side continued to believe that they could get something from the game and a neat movement across the back line resulted in a try for No 8 Matt Potter after excellent work by centre Warburton to open up the visitor’s defence.

The try was not converted and as the game grew to a close the 4 point margin proved not to be enough to seal the win.

Yet another early push at a set scrum gave the visitors pack the impetus to

control the ball and advance some 25 meters along the touch towards the try line, where despite some heroic defence Park conceded a penalty try for collapsing the maul, and with it the game.

Notwithstanding their numerical advantage the home side was left with scant reward for their commendable efforts, which they will need to replicate next week when they entertain fellow strugglers New Brighton in a match of considerable significance to both sides’ league status.