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Bad day for top two Wirral clubs
IT WAS not a good Saturday for the two highest rated Wirral clubs.
Caldy suffered a fifth successive defeat in National Two North League 19-25 at Sheffield Tigers whilst Birkenhead Park in National Three North found leaders Harrogate too strong and went under 8-57.
It was a much improved show by Caldy but a converted try deep inside the final quarter edged the verdict the way of the Tigers.
Stuart Cross, James Smith and Matt Van Sertima went in for Caldy with Richard Vasey goaling twice. Sheffield scored four tries, a conversion and a penalty.
Birkenhead battled bravely at Harrogate but their defence could not cope and they had to settle for a consolation try and a penalty.
Anselmians edged the verdict 14-13 at home to Carlisle in North One West but Wirral were on the wrong side of a 32-25 scoreline at Wilmslow.
It was touch and go for Wirral but in the end they paid dearly for too many errors.
But they did have the satisfaction of scoring three tries via Dave Doneo, James Annetts and Ali Baker.
Craig Harvey landed two of the conversions and a brace of penalties. Wilmslow achieved five tries including a penalty try in a close contest.
Hoylake maintained their impressive run of results in Division One of South Lancashire/Cheshire League as they despatched Ashton on Mersey 39-17 at Melrose Avenue and took maximum points.
They were slightly below par for a spell but won comfortably in the end. Liam Rushworth was credited with two tries and there were singles via Dave Cooke, Guy Byatt, Mark Wylie, Richard Kurton and Matt O’Hanlon. James McLaughlan was successful with two conversions.
There was agony for New Brighton in a 21-22 reverse away to Glossop.
In Division Two Oldershaw lost 10-41 at Collegiate and Wallasey could not open their account at Oswestry where it finished 19-0 to the home outfit.
All the local clubs were victorious in Division Three. Port Sunlight came away 42-17 to the good from Capenhurst and Oxton Parkonians made it 28-21 at Congleton.
High-riding Ellesmere Port took the top of the table clash against Manchester Medics 12-10 and Prenton posted a 32-23 success at Trentham.
Andy Smith and Geoff Waters grabbed two tries apiece for Parkonians and Terry Williams landed all four conversions.
Caldy have a home clash with Hull Ionians at Paton Field this Saturday but all the other local clubs have a welcome break from league action before resuming on November 17.
It is an appetising match for Caldy with Hull Ionians bringing a record of ten wins from ten outings to the Wirral as they aim to keep up the pressure on leaders Stourbridge who have a better points differential.
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