De La Salle (Salford) 7, Birkenhead Park 58

BIRKENHEAD Park took the lead in only the fourth minute of play, when recalled wing Elliot Madgin finished off an end to end handling move for a great score.

There was no looking back as Park dominated throughout on their first ever visit to De La Salle.

The Park forwards overcame the physicality of the De La Salle pack and some great handling in the backs completed a good all-round performance.

Second row Josh Smith gained the second Park try from a line out catch and drive and on the half hour Madgin beat his opposite number on the outside for his second try.

Flanker Sean Mooney was next on the score sheet with a pick and go effort and then debutant winger Matt Gilham completed the first half scoring, as Park built up an emphatic 27-point lead at the interval.

Park's dominance continued after the break and a Mooney dummy pass saw him go clear for his second score and he then made the running for a Matt Walls try.

The home side enjoyed a rare good patch and winger Bryn Hughes went over for their only try of the match converted by Ben Wheeler.

Park kept up the momentum and forwards and backs combined well before centre Walls crossed again and then Madgin completed his hat trick after another lively move.

Number 8 Ollie Mabbot claimed Park's tenth and final try after more good inter play.

Park spokesman George Pollock said: "it was an excellent all round team performance and the pleasing thing was that we played for the full eighty minutes which is a something we must do against the stronger teams."

For Park Elliot Madgin enjoyed a fine match and back row men Mabbott and Mooney were always at the heart of the action.

With kicking ace Dave Hall forced off early through injury Lucas Titherington took over and he managed four conversions.

This Saturday Park will hope to continue their good form when they welcome Burnage to the Upper Park (3pm kick off).