HOCKEY: TO the victor went the spoils. The Cheshire League title was on offer to the winners of Saturday's game at Sir John Deane's.
It was a chance for Winnington to right the wrong done them in the committee rooms at the end of last season, when they were expelled rather than relegated from the Northern League Second Division under a one-team-per-county rule and they took second place to Chester.
Bouncing back up would have righted a wrong and they created enough chances in the opening 10 minutes to have raced into a three-goal lead.
But they managed to convert only one of the opportunities, a well-executed penalty flick from Julie Dunn after the ever-dangerous Karen Thwaites was impeded on the line.
Thwaites was the dominant figure in the opening 15 minutes until Macc paid her closer attention. Getting past their defence suddenly became more difficult.
A swift counter-attack from the visitors forced an equaliser and Park went behind from a mistake by the usually faultless Rosie Field.
They were given too much time and space down the left flank for the third, but Park rallied to offer themselves some hope although Thwaites' strike did not disturb Macc enough.
Left-midfield Kirsty Robinson tackled well and harried the opposition on the left midfield, but Macc named Thwaites as the play-er-of-the-match.
Winnington hope to salvage their season on Sunday when they play in the final of the Cheshire Plate. The game gets under way at Bowdon at 4.30pm.