WINNINGTON Park are putting their season of woe firmly behind them with a strong finish at Burrows Hill.
Second-from-bottom Park claimed their third home win of the season on Saturday with a four-try display of running rugby against nearest rivals Wigan.
Winnington, on the back of last week’s hard-fought draw at Dukinfield, ran out 30-10 winners in the penultimate game of the season.
Park have now ensured they will not suffer the indignity of finishing bottom of Cheshire and South Lancs One.
Wigan started the brighter of the two, backed by a strong wind, but all they had to show from their possession was a penalty, which was soon cancelled out by the boot of Ben Elliot.
Park exploded into life when strong-running centre Mark Phoenix crashed over for a try that was soon added to by another fine solo effort from flying winger James Annells.
After the break, Park’s backs orchestrated a move that send Phoenix close to the tryline, allowing number eight Harry Stubbs to force his way over.
Elliot added another penalty before scrum-half Sam Barton completed the scoring for the jubilant hosts, following good work from Mark Patterson, Annells and Matt Sant.
Wigan earned a consolation try late on but it was to be Park’s afternoon.
Captain Will Burgess said: “We soaked up early pressure then took the game to them, we looked organised up front and creative in the backs.
“I am really looking forward to our last game and next season.”
Park end their season when they play host to Isle of Man outfit Vagabonds on Saturday (3pm).
Other scores: Crewe and Nantwich 2nds 15 Park 2nds 29, Moore 2nds 12 Park 3rds 31 (tries: Morrison 4, Walker; cons: Ellis).