WEST Park’s top of the table clash at home to Widnes was ultimately decided by a series of penalty kicks converted unerringly by the Widnes full back Owens.

The visitors being worthy 29-17 winners and crowned League Champions despite only equalling Park’s three tries with their last attack of this close fought match.

Park gained an early lead with a try from full back Pape.

The visitors converted a penalty but Park increased their lead with a fine try after centre Basley’s break found stand off Rosney who in turn found winger Littler to cross wide out.

Park looked comfortable and in control as half time approached, but a wayward throw into a lineout only 5 metres from the Widnes try line was snapped up , recycled at speed by the visitors to score a try in the corner to level at 10 points all at half time.

An injury to stand off Rosney, who had to be replaced, disrupted Park’s flow and soon after the restart the visitors took the lead with a try wide out which went unconverted.

Park regained the lead when a quick tap penalty was finished off with a powerful burst from 20 metres by prop Berry , converted from wide out by Holland to give the home side a slender two point lead.

West Park struggled to repeat their rhythm of the first half, and were architects of their own downfall conceding three penalties in quick succession to give the visitors a seven-point advantage as the game moved into the last quarter.

Widnes showed good game management, and on the stroke of full time a clearance kick fortuitously bounced back to be collected by the visitors to score a final try which went unconverted, and give them the League title which their consistency throughout the season fully deserved.

Next week Park’s final game is a a re-arranged fixture at Heaton Moor, kick off 3pm

LIVERPOOL St Helens continued their poor end to the season with a heavy 51-7 defeat against third place club Didsbury TOC H.

Although the home side always looked the most dangerous, sadly as so often in recent games, LSH were the architects of their own demise. If anything, although going behind 3-0 to an early penalty, the Moss Laners had had the best of the game as it approached the 35 minute mark before disaster struck. Whilst attacking down the right wing the ball was lost 20 yards short of the Didsbury line and was picked up by the Didsbury left winger who ran 80 yards unchallenged to score. Two minutes later a penalty was added to the conversion to give the home side a 13-0 lead at half time.

The second half saw the unveiling of the third runway close to the nearby Manchester Airport, in a straight line down the Didsbury left wing to the LSH try line, as the speedy winger scored three more rapid tries from distance to take the game away from LSH. Alex McClurg showed what night have been with a neat try to make it 32-7 before the Toc H lads ran in three more scores to bring up the half century.

On the plus side, 17 year old winger Sam Walker in only his second start showed good pace when given the chance and amidst the onslaught, former colts Paddy Royle, Sam Ward and Dan Webster put in a decent shift for their club and get better with every game.

LSH’s final league game is against Littleborough this Saturday at Moss Lane 3pm before a star studded line-up of local rugby league legends will play a Rest of the World Union side in a game to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the St Helens Rugby Union Club, on Saturday 13th April.