Winnington Park 12 Ormskirk 38
PARK crashed out of the EDF Senior Vase on Saturday but the Burrows Hill side have much more pressing matters at hand.
Another home defeat will not have helped morale but Park face two vital league fixtures in a row that may go a long way in deciding their Cheshire/South Lancs Division One status.
Currently joint bottom of the league with Dukinfield, Park host the fellow strugglers on Saturday and then travel to Wigan, who are just one place above them.
The RFU’s reshaping of the league system may actually save Park if it is decided that there will be no relegation, but until that is confirmed, Mark Warr’s men must take points from the two fixtures to begin the fightback.
On Saturday, making his first start of the season, Matt Dodd earned man-of-the-match plaudits and scored the hosts’ first try which was converted by Ben Elliot.
But the 7-5 lead did not last long and Ormskirk, who lie in sixth place in Cheshire/South Lancs One, hit back before the break to go in 12-7 up.
A lack of discipline led to Park conceding two tries and with it went their chances of progressing in the competition.
Their efforts were rewarded shortly after though as David Cross scored a well-deserved try.
On Saturday, Winnington host Dukinfield (2.15pm) in their big basement battle.
Other scores: Winnington Park 2nds 19 Broughton Park 3rds 26 (tries: Hewitt, Jones, Belshaw; cons: Hewitt 2), WP Vags 22 Liverpool St Helens 3rds 12 (tries: Smallwood, Morrison, Ellis, Holbrooks; cons: Thurlwell; pens Thurlwell 2), Liverpool SH Colts 22 WP Colts 10, Hoylake U16s 7 WP U16s 24 (tries: Mowbray, Treacy, Dickerson, Charlton; cons: Cottrell 2).