WINNINGTON scored three second-half goals as they made their pressure tell on Saturday.
They dominated the first half, too, but it was not until just before the break that Johnny Kettle broke the deadlock, bursting past his marker and producing an audacious reverse flick under the onrushing goalkeeper.
The second half saw a vast improvement in Winnington's performance, with Craig Rodgers in central midfield providing a solid platform and having a hand in Park's second goal as he dummied the ball from Steve Campagnaro's cross for Andy Jackson to flick the ball low into the bottom corner of the net.
John Paul Dodd was rarely called on to make a save in goal and Winnington went further ahead when Kettle grabbed his second as he again beat a defender for pace.
Even with the points assured and the lock running down Park did not relax and the visitors' misery was completed when their goalkeeper was sent off for a cynical challenge on Kettle. After a lengthy delay while a new goalkeeper prepared, Mark Leigh kept his nerve to flick the ball into the roof of the net.
Other results: Park 2nds beat Bramhall 3-2 (John Lavin 2 including a penalty, Rick Evans); Park 3rds lost 2-0 at Alder-
ley 5th; the newly formed Park 4th lost 3-0 at Bowdon in a friendly; Park U16s beat Northern 9-1 (James Charlton 4, Mike Dodd 3, Kieran Berrington, Tom Hughes).
Saturday: 1st away v Liverpool Sefton, 2nds away v Knutsford, 3rds home v Oxton 6th (2pm).
Winnington Park Ladies 8 Kirkby Stephen Ladies 3: Park shot to the top of the North Feeder League West after going two down against the leaders.
Indeed, Park were beginning to look bereft of ideas when a penalty corner to Julie Runn reached Karen Morgan and she flicked the ball home to begin a personal goal feast and a rout for Win-
nington. Morgan waltzed around two defenders in the 35th minute to help Eileen Miller to the equaliser and she put Winnington ahead from another penalty corner move just before the break.
She netted five in all and created a goal for Helen Cartin with Dunn rounding off a satisfying day.
Incredibly, coach Chris Davies described the game as 'tedious' with both teams below par.
Park 2nds conceded a 3-1 lead to share the points with title rivals Bowdon 2nds. Jo Jones, Ellie Capstick and Emily Carden had put Winnington seemingly in charge.