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New Brighton claim spoils in derby game
BIRKENHEAD Park ended the unbeaten record of Widnes in North One West League and stepped over them and neighbouring Wirral into top place in the table.
It was a bonus point 27-12 success for Park at Heath Road.
They now have 34 points with Widnes and Wirral who came away 24-7 to the good from Wilmslow each on 23 points.
It was the Park forwards who laid the foundations of victory. At one stage they pushed the home pack back 25 metres in a maul to register a try via Rob Doolan.
It was only 7-7 at the break with Gavin Scott going in for the visitors and Dave Hall converting.
Park then took control with Sam Chidley and Lewis Williams registering touch downs for Park along with Doolan and Hall landing one conversion.
Former Park player Paul Borg gained the second Widnes try but Park had the last say with a Hall penalty and all in all it was a satisfying day for them.
Wirral always had the edge over a solid Wilmslow. They went ahead with a seventh minute penalty try converted by James Annetts who then added a penalty.
The East Cheshire side kept in touch with a converted try but Wirral commanded the third quarter with Chris Speed and Rob Pearl crossing and Annetts each time adding the extras.
The visitors needed one more try for a crucial bonus point but on the day it was not to be as Wilmslow defended stubbornly.
Caldy produced a powerful display to register a second win in National Two North 49-17 against Hull at Paton Field.
They had a bonus point wrapped up by half time via touch downs from Christian Jones (2), Stuart Cross and JJ Dickinson plus three conversions and a drop goal from Richard Vasey.
Hull managed just a penalty and Caldy stretched away in the second period as Gavin Roberts and Matt Gaines breached the visiting rearguard.
Vasey kept the scoreboard ticking with both conversions and a brace of penalties.
Hull never threw in the towel and were rewarded with two late converted tries to make the score more respectable.
A brave effort by Hoylake could not halt the New Brighton bandwagon in South Lancashire/Cheshire One.
The Blues took the local derby at Melrose Avenue by a 33-8 margin and it was sweet revenge for defeat in the corresponding fixture in 2012.
Brighton head the division with eight wins from as many outings and it is certainly a happy atmosphere in the Hartsfield camp.
Hoylake were first on the scoresheet with Darren Agnew touching down in the seventh minute from a drive after a line-out.
New Brighton hit back with a well taken try by Anthony Birley in a blindside move created by Jack Charlesworth and the ensuing kick by Birley put them ahead.
The lead changed again as Mike Kearney hit a penalty for Hoylake but on the half hour Vinnie Dutton scorched in for the visitors who then survived solid home pressure to stand 12-8 to the good at the interval.
Evergreen Kati Tuipulotu emerged from a maul to scamper over in the 49th minute for the confident Blues and then was in the right place at the right time to cross again eight minutes later as the ball ran loose following a high kick ahead not controlled by Hoylake.
The home side could not capitalise on a period of pressure and it was Brighton who had the last say with try number five through Charlesworth in a thrilling solo run past tiring defenders.
All three excellent second-half conversions by Birley added to the Hoylake woes which started as early as the first minute when prop Ian Griffiths was forced out of the action with an ankle injury.
Anselmians were involved in another close match but this time were on the wrong side of a 38-32 finish at Ruskin Park.
In Division Two Port Sunlight just made it 24-22 at Moore but it was a bad afternoon for Wallasey in a 0-93 outcome against pacy Manchester Medics at Cross Lane.
Division Three leaders Prenton did not play but there were sound wins for Oldershaw 46-5 against Liverpool University and Ellesmere Port 45-15 at the expense of Linley.
Oxton Parkonians went under 12-24 at Trentham where Peter Hillan and Andy Smith managed touch downs and Terry Williams a conversion.
There is another full league programme this coming Saturday. Caldy head to Bromsgrove with high hopes of another victory against a club alongside them in the table.
There are home fixtures for Wirral against Vale of Lune and Birkenhead Park against Wigton. The end of summertime means earlier kick-offs for most at 2.15pm.
New Brighton have a big clash at Hartsfield against in-form Glossop who trail them by seven points in second place. Anselmians entertain Tyldesley and Hoylake journey to Wigan.
Other games include Wallasey at Bowdon, Port Sunlight v Marple, Oldershaw at Buxton, Ellesmere Port at Liverpool University and Prenton v Capenhurst in a re-arranged clash.
Oxton Parkonians who were due to meet Capenhurst now have a free date with the Capenhurst fixture going to the end of the month.
Scoreboard: National Two North: Caldy 49, Hull 17.
North One West: Widnes 12, Birkenhead Park 27; Wilmslow 7, Wirral 24.
South Lancashire/Cheshire One: Hoylake 8, New Brighton 33; Ruskin Park 38, Anselmians 32.
Div.Two: Moore 22, Port Sunlight 24; Wallasey 0, Manchester Medics 93.
Div.Three: Ellesmere Port 45, Linley 15; Oldershaw 45, Liverpool University 5; Trentham 24, Oxton Parkonians 12; Prenton v Congleton postponed.
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