WEST Park’s best display of the season at home to league leaders Broughton Park was unfortunately marred by a number of puzzling decisions which saw them lose 29-23.

The visitors were credited with five tries against Park’s three tries, leaving the home side with a single bonus point, when more looked likely.

West Park opened the scoring with a penalty from Warren Hunt, making a welcome return to the team after a long absence, but the visitors soon engineered an overlap to provide their centre with an opportunity to cross for an unconverted try.

The game was finely balanced until the half hour mark when the visitors increased their lead from a scrum then completing a blind side move for another unconverted try.

The home side hit back with another Hunt penalty, but in time added on in the first half, the visitors scored again from a ruck following a heavily wheeled scrum, again not converted and leaving the half time score at 15-6.

In the second half the home side took the game to the opposition at every opportunity,and were next to score after a typical powerful break by Josh Ainsworth was finished off in the corner by winger Ryan Littler.

The try was not converted, but playing with admirable self belief, West Park scored again, centre Olli Berry touching down after an excellent run took him through the opposition’s defence.

Though both touch judges gave the conversion, the referee overruled them, much to everyone’s amazement.

Soon afterwards another unexplained decision awarded the visitors a penalty try, and with it seven added points and with it a bonus point for their four tries.

Perhaps buoyed by these setbacks the home side played with added conviction and scored again, winger Hunt fielding a deft kick from centre Berry to cross in the corner and add a magnificent kick to give West Park a one point lead.

The home side were well worthy of their lead and set about looking for a fourth try and with it an added bonus point.

It was however the visitors who managed the final score of the game with a forwards surge after winning a five-metre scrum scoring a try which was duly converted.

The home side cannot be faulted for either individual or collective effort and an obvious desire to win, and will need to carry these attributes into next weeks game at Leigh.