HONOURS ended up even at 20-20 after 80 minutes of good rugby, given the atrocious weather conditions, in an eagerly awaited St Helens derby between LSH and West Park.

The visitors, with a strong wind behind them in the first half, led 17-0 at one stage and their cushion was only finally clawed in by a 65th-minute penalty goal from Dan Filson, which secured for LSH a share of the spoils.

Both sides were reduced to 14 men, LSH temporarily, before the break after the game's one blow-up and Park were down to 13 for a 10-minute spell in the second period of a match played in heavy rain throughout.

The large Moss Lane crowd were treated to some spectacular tries and both sides should be complemented on producing a cracking game in the circumstances.

Park dominated the first half and did not take long to register the first score.

After some excellent passing between backs and forwards, Sam Kerfoot crossed wide out for an unconverted try.

Park resisted the temptation to put boot to ball, instead they continued to handle the conditions superbly and a converted try moved them to 12-0 Young wingman Ryan Littler managed to evade a couple of tackles and cross on the right to extend the advantage.

In the 35th minute replacement centre Dave Cunliffe crashed through and Filson converted to give hope to an LSH side that had struggled to win its own lineout ball and had spent a lot of time defending.

Penalties were exchanged before the teams and the game turned around.

A break from Matt Cunliffe led to Rob Mitchell touching down and Filson converting.

With West Park defending resolutely and in no mood to let their slender lead slip, try as they might LSH found no way through other than adding the equalising Filson penalty.

LSH are at home to Widnes on Saturday, kick off 3pm, while West Park host Sefton.