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Caldy and Birkenhead Park keep up their winning ways
CALDY will be the only local rugby union side in action on the last Saturday before Christmas.
They have a National Two North League match against Cheshire rivals Stockport to be played at the Memorial Ground in Bramhall (kick-off 2pm).
The next full League programme is not until January 5 but Birkenhead Park will put on a double bill at the Upper Park before the New Year.
They are due to meet Chester in a re-arranged Cheshire Cup semi-final on Saturday December 29 (2.15pm) and on the previous evening Friday December 28 field an XV to take on Old Birkonian with a 6pm kick-off.
Birkonian for many years played against New Brighton at Christmas time but the fixture faded in popularity.
Now Steve Hearn and others have put together a side to help keep the Birkonian tradition alive.
Support would be appreciated for a date which gives a chance for former Birkenhead School pupils to meet up again.
Caldy will also play on December 29 in the other county cup semi-final. Once again the opposition will be Stockport but the venue unlike this Saturday will be Paton Field and the kick-off 2pm.
Meanwhile Caldy and Birkenhead both maintained winning form last Saturday.
Caldy comfortably accounted for visiting Dudley Kingswinford 37-6 and Park surprised Lymm 20-6 at Crouchley Lane.
The Caldy result was never in doubt and they sit comfortably in mid table.
It was sweet revenge for Park who lost at home to Lymm earlier in the season.
They were hit by injury during the match including the loss of their skipper Dave Hall but still gained the extra bonus point with unconverted tries via Colin Campbell, Greg Hughes, Sam Chidley and Stu Brown. Lymm were restricted to a brace of penalties.
Anselmians had to settle for the consolation of a converted try in a 7-69 thrashing at Sale in North One West. Wirral’s match at Leigh was called off.
There was agony for New Brighton in South Lancashire/Cheshire One. They scored the only try at Ashton on Mersey but two successful kicks tipped the balance in favour of the home outfit 6-5 in a defence dominated affair.
Hoylake after recent disappointments returned to winning ways 30-6 against Ruskin Park at Melrose Avenue, Matt MacLaren, Matt O’Hanlon and Tom Selby-Melic crossed for Hoylake with MacLaren kicking the remainder of the points for a personal match tally of twenty.
Oldershaw enjoyed a 12-3 victory at home to Southport in Division Two but Wallasey went under 12-16 in a cross river derby at Collegiate.
Division Three matches off included Linley v Oxton Parkonians, Knutsford v Port Sunlight and Ellesmere Port v Capenhurst but Prenton did play and came away 44-7 to the good from Holmes Chapel.
The result enabled Prenton to move top of the table by three points from Manchester Medics who have played two games less and by four points from Port Sunlight who have one match in hand.
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