LOCAL RUGBY ROUND-UP by Andrew Stratton

OLDERSHAW could not make it an all-Wirral final in the Thwaites Cheshire Cup. They found Chester much too strong and lost 13-60. Eddie McCullough gained a try converted by Willy Gardner, who also kicked two penalties, but Chester ran in 10 touch downs.

Anselmians reached the last four in the Cheshire Plate as they beat Helsby 34-10 on Saturday. Graham Poole crossed twice and Dan Miller, Mark Williams, Peter Collins and Mark Evans once each. Jamie Taylor goaled twice.

On Sunday, Prenton provided a surprise when they overcame Wirral away 7-5 to stake their semi-final place. Lee Wakelan managed an unconverted try for the home side. Lee Roberts went in for Prenton and Steve Roberts put over what turned out to be a crucial goal.

Birkenhead Park lost 27-42 at Winnington Park in a club clash. They were far from disgraced against a side three leagues above them. There were touch downs for Mike Swainston, Greg Cann and Peter McCrave. Richard Farrall added the three conversions and two penalties.

Wallasey finished 25-30 away to New Brighton 2nd XV. There were tries for Ben O'Donnell, Barry Haynes and Barry Kniveden, the latter also kicking two conversions and a trio of penalties.

Hoylake triumphed 34-15 at St Mary's thanks to tries via Alan Robinson, Martin Williams, Jim Baldock, Rob Kurton and Dan Gleeson. Richard Young targeted three conversions and a penalty.

Parkonians lost 0-12 at Collegiate.

Caldy's match at Crewe and Nantwich was called off.

This Saturday, Birkenhead Park entertain Kirby Lonsdale and Oldershaw have Penrith as visitors. Other matches include Anselmians v Crewe, Wallasey v Newton-le-Willows and Hoylake at Didsbury.

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