WINNINGTON Park threw the form book out of the window as they triumphed in a 10-goal thriller against promotion-chasing Northern at Sir John Deane’s College.
The 6-4 victory was enough to pull Park out of the Northern League Division Two West’s bottom two for the first time in months.
Mark Leigh opened the scoring for the hosts, firing a penalty corner into the top right-hand of the net. But the free-scoring visitors soon pulled level after a swift counter-attack.
Leigh restored the lead midway through the first half, another penalty corner fired high into the visitors’ goal.
But Park could not hang on until half-time when another swift attack from Northern made it 2-2.
Peter Evans restored Park’s lead early in the second period, latching on to strike partner Dennis Topping’s pass to fire home.
A penalty stroke brought the game level again, before Park fell behind for the first time in the match.
Topping then equalised, working an opening for himself before placing the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the circle.
Northern were awarded another penalty stroke but keeper John- Paul Dodd pulled off a fan- tastic stick save to maintain the lead.
Evans sealed the victory and completed his hat-trick in the dying seconds when he burst past three defenders and lobbed the advancing keeper with a reverse stick flick that earned the man-of- the-match award as well as the match ball.
Other scores: WP 2nds 5 (Bow- den, Livingston 2, Wilson, Pinson) Chester 3rds 5; Runcorn 2nds 3 WP 3rds 1 (Millington); WP 4ths 2 (Powell, Risk) Neston South Wirral 6ths 1.
This Saturday, 10th-placed Park travel to Lytham St Anne’s, the 2nds go to Bramhall 2nds, the 3rds host Bramhall 3rds (2pm) while the 4ths make the journey to Lymm 3rds.
Winnington Park Ladies earned an impressive 3-1 victory over Bowdon Ladies 3rds despite playing for the first 20 minutes with just 10 players.
A Karen Morgan double and an Eileen Miller strike was enough to claim the points for the league leaders.
Other score: Timperley Ladies 3 WP Ladies 2nds 1 (Chadwick).