Parkonians 12 Ellesmere Port 17
ELLESMERE Port built on their excellent victory over table-topping Manchester Medics by recording a hard-fought win on a difficult and boggy Parkonians pitch on Saturday.
The success means the Oilers remained hot on the heels of the Medics, who returned to winning ways by thrashing Helsby 72-0.
Port player head coach Steve Dorrington said: “Although we should have had more points on the board, particularly in the first 30 minutes, I was delighted with the result and proud of the lads for the effort they put in.
“What is particularly pleasing this season that was missing so much from last season is a growing team spirit and huge will to win.”
The Oilers hammered away at the Parkonians line in the opening half an hour but only once did they break through as flanker and man-of-the- match Ricki Evans touched down after a catch and drive from a lineout.
Livewire scrum-half Jimmy Hawkins then started and finished a move to put Port 10 points in front, a lead that was extended when Chris Carbutt added the extras.
The Birkenhead hosts reduced the deficit before the first half was out – despite a fantastic effort from captain Anthony Jones – and then levelled the contest 15 minutes after the restart.
The visitors responded strongly and, after winger Rob Finlay had a wonderful team try ruled out for a forward pass, they scored the winner through skipper Jones.
The second-placed Oilers host third-placed Port Sunlight on Saturday (2.15pm).
Ellesmere Port are looking for new players and volunteers.
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