WINNINGTON Park celebrated the end of the season is style by running in 13 tries in the sunshine at Burrows Hill on Saturday.
Visiting Vagabonds were sent back across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man with an 83-0 hammering to think about which meant Park finished a creditable ninth.
Flying winger James Annells battled with number eight Harry Stubbs for the man-of-the-match award as the young duo scored nine tries between them. Annells notched four while Stubbs capped off a fine season with a famous five tries. Other tries came from Sam Brookes, Rick Shaw, Rob Garbett and Sam Barton.
Fullback Ben Elliot landed nine conversions from his 13 attempts to complete the scoring for the rampant hosts.
The rout put the gloss on Park’s rollercoaster season which saw them occupy bottom spot for much of the campaign.
Only their recent upturn in form since the turn of the year and the RFU’s restructuring of the league system confirmed they would be playing in Cheshire and South Lancs One next season.
Club captain Mark Patterson said: “Park really have lifted since Christmas and to finish the season with five wins and a draw and being out of the relegation zone on merit is credit to the hard work and determination that everyone in the team, coaching staff and club management have put in.
“This will give the team a real lift for next season. With only one player leaving to go to university the squad should be very much the same, which will be a bonus.
“On the previous six weeks’ showing there is no reason why we can’t have a top-five finish next year.”
Park are holding their players’ awards evening on Saturday (7pm) in the clubhouse. All players and members are welcome.