LACK of match fitness proved costly for West Park RUFC as they were defeated 34-7 by an in form Anselmians side.

One of only two teams to overcome Anselmians in the South Lancs and Cheshire Division this season, the home side exacted suitable revenge on the travelling Park outfit.

West Park were unable to match the high tempo game playd by Alselmians, perhaps short on competitive fitness having not played since defeating Leigh on December 11.

The half-time score of 15-0 was a fair reflection of the home side's overall dominance, particularly in the ruck.

Visiting Park supporters were given a glimmer of hope when second rower Lewis Harris touched down and the conversion was converted by Josh Ainsworth.

However, this later turned out to be no more than a token try as the Anselmians dominance continued throughout the second half as they eased to victory.

West Park entertain Southport on Saturday.

Park sit just two points ahead of their seaside rivals and must show higher fitness levels and commitment if they are to obtain the points on offer.

n WITHOUT a win since November 11, Newton’s poor run of results continued as Liverpool University emerged victorious in Saturday’s tactical warfare.

Currently sat in third place in South Lancs and Cheshire Division Three, a young skilful Liverpool Uni side triumphed 36-33 in a hard-fought contest with eighth place Newton.

Following an early try from the students, it was clear that Newton would have to stick to their pre-meditated game plan to stay in the tie.

A series of short bursts and efficient recycling tired the Liverpool defence and amplified Newton’s dominant pack appearing to slowly drain their younger opponents.

Scores then came at both ends with the University side using their speed and Newton making good use of their powerful line breaks, with kickers from both sides prolific throughout.

But the power play was taking its toll on Newton, with the score 36-26 in favour of the students with just five minutes remaining.

The courageous visitors rallied, using 25 phases to force their way up the pitch and score a final try between the posts.

The final whistle came shortly after a successful conversion attempt, Newton coming agonisingly close in a game of two entirely different styles.

Newton take on an in-form Prenton side next, with sixth place Prenton going into the contest on the back of a 68-0 whitewash of Wallasey.