DEPLETED West Park were beaten 25-19 at Heaton Moor.

They scored all their points in the first half and led by 11 points at the break.

But they were unable to maintain their advantage, not helped by injuries.

The visitors were forced to field a somewhat weakened team with a squad of only 17 players being available, against a strong Heaton Moor side.

Heaton were first to score, with an unconverted try, but a strong response involving several players resulted in prop Berry crossing to finish off a 60-metre move.

Littler converted the try.

Park then lost hooker Speight to injury and although he was replaced by Ashton it limited their game plan.

Nevertheless, excellent determination throughout the team saw them add two further tries from Littler and Green, the latter being converted.

Heaton Moor converted a penalty as the interval approached, but the visitors led 19-8 at the interval.

Despite Park’s continuing efforts across the field, the home side displayed a better structure and teamwork in the second half, adding two converted tries to give them a narrow lead for the first time in the game.

Further disruptive injuries to the visitors' forwards led to centre Green being drafted into the pack, and a technical infringement – somewhat mysteriously resulting in a yellow card – allowed the hosts to stretch their lead with a successful penalty to end the game.

This Saturday Park entertain Trafford Metrovick, kick off 2.15 pm, and will need to address and reduce the penalty count for technical infringements if they are to be better rewarded for their efforts.