Winnington Park Ladies 9, Timperley Ladies 0
WINNINGTON Park Ladies romped to the Cheshire League championship in freescoring style on Saturday.
It was the perfect way to mark the club's centenary year.
A 3-3 draw the previous week at rivals Sale - two points behind - had put Park in a commanding position and the necessary victory over Timperley had been achieved by half-time.
Fluent passing repeatedly opened up the visitors' defence and their goal-keeper actually had an outstanding game!
Karen Morgan (formerly Thwaites) rifled in the first goal and a clinical short corner by Julie Dunn doubled the lead. A calm finish by Helen Jones after some slick passing and another Morgan strike came before the interval.
Goalkeeper June Brassington was called into action only once in the first half and was a spectator again after the resumption when Morgan (2), Jones, Eileen Miller and a stunning finish by Leona Trimble completed Timperley's misery.
Park now return to the North League and aimed to defend their unbeaten record at home to Chester on Saturday.
Probable relegation, however, awaits Park 2nds who were beaten 2-1 at Warrington.
Good goalkeeping prevented Park from turning around well in front. Instead they found themselves a goal down, but they did not find the net until late in the second half through Dee McInnes. Anna Shone hit a post and Jo Jones and McInnes went desperately close but it was Warrington that took the points with a shot from the edge of the D.
Winnington Park 2, City of Manchester 2
TWO goals from Mark Leigh earned Winnington a point at Sir John Deane's on Saturday and testified to the team's improvement this season.
Manchester had roundly won the reverse fixture, but buoyed by their current good form, Winnington's confidence was high and their hockey crisp, quickly dispelling any thoughts the visitors may have harboured of repeating the 4-0 trouncing at Belle Vue.
While Park carved out a number of chances from open play, it was from a set piece that the deadlock was finally broken in spectacular fashion. Receiving the ball at the top of the circle from a penalty corner, Leigh produced a thunderous strike to send the ball crashing into the back of the net and give Winnington the lead. However, conceding the goal proved to be a catalyst for City, who came back at Park and soon levelled the scores, taking the lead in the second half. But they had not bargained for Leigh, who produced another blistering effort to rescue a point.
Park 2nds went down at Manchester 4-1 (Simon Pinson) - a result which severely dents Park's title hopes in North West Five South. Centre-back Steve Banton was dismissed in the second half.
Park 3rds went down at home to Wrexham 3rds 4-1 (Rick Evans).
Saturday: 1sts away v Crewe Vagrants; 2nds home v Crewe 3rds (2.10pm); 3rds away v Sale.