BIRKENHEAD PARK'S victory at West Park St Helens last Saturday saw them move into sixth place in North 1 as they finished one point ahead of local rivals Chester in the final league table.
Chester suffered a surprise defeat at Aspatria, who Park had demolished 85-0 a couple of weeks ago, as Birkenhead moved three places up the table after their seventh victory in the last eight games.
Team skipper, hooker Chris Jones, has been instrumental in Park's revival and he scored two more tries at West Park to take his tally to 12 and just pip Ian Kennedy with 11 as Park's leading try scorer for the season.
John Moores University skipper Stuart Crampton has led his University team to their highest ever BUSA league position and he also headed the Park appearances table, playing in 23 out of 24 games.
The only game he missed was against former club Cleckheaton when Crampton was an unused sub.
Crampton crowned a memorable first season for Park by being awarded the Most Improved Player award at the players' presentation night last Saturday.
Stand-off Peter Hart was the players' choice to win the Player of the Year trophy with the versatile Paul Kay, who has played scrumhalf, stand-off, wing and full-back this season, being elected the unsung hero.
Ian Kennedy was the leading points scorer with 178 which takes his Park career aggregate to 945 points.
Park have re-appointed the coaching team of Shaun Gallagher, Gareth John and Greg Cann for next season after an excellent second half to the league programme.
The Park Wanderers XV under Lee Taylor also improved beyond all recognition with numbers doubling on the training pitch.
Club spokesman Harvey Davenport said: "Credit should go to all our players and coaches who have shown great character in pulling us out of a tricky situation. Particular mention should be made of Phil Reynolds, Gareth John, Marc Tyler and others who have worked hard on the social activity at the club which is so important in developing team spirit."
There will be at least one social game this Saturday at the Upper Park as the season concludes. Park have entered teams in the Caldy Sevens and the John Blower Trust Northwich 10s, both on May 2.
A Birkenhead Park touring side are also looking forward to visiting the German capital for a fixture against Berlin RFC on May 22.