WINNINGTON were dramatically beaten when they came within minutes of a draw and yards of outright victory in Cumbria on Saturday.
The end was in stark contrast to the dull and dreary day.
Park were not at full strength and had to name back-row Peter Almond at prop and Paul McCafferty at centre, and Aspatria made it obvious they were going to play through their strong forwards.
They took the lead within five minutes through a maul which started on the Park's 22m line, converting with ease.
But they bounced back and showed they are also adept in rucking and mauling. McCafferty put them in a strong position with a kick into the opposition territory, the ball was stolen at the lineout by the towering Moriarty and a powerful drive saw Matt Dodds go over in the corner.
The conversion was missed by Ben Barton but he soon made amends by slotting a long-range penalty after the Aspatria backline was caught offside. The score remain 8-7 for the remainder of a scrappy first half with home full-back Turglar missing a series of penalties.
Aspatria retook the lead midway through the second half when a slick move saw centre Brown skip through the Park back line to touch down under the posts. The try was converted and Park had some work to do to get back in the game. But a fluffed restart saw the forwards stop in their tracks, which allowed Aspatria a second try within a minute. With the goal, Park were 21-8 adrift.
Penetrating breaks from full-back Sam Barton and powerful runs from Carl Patterson worked Park into a number of strong positions. It was one such run which took Patterson down the middle of the pitch, he cleverly offloaded to his brother Mark who had just enough space to accelerate over the line for the try of the game. Two further penalties from Barton within a five-minute spell brought the score to 21-21 with five minutes left.
A draw would have been fair but, in the closing part of the game, the referee gave a dubious penalty in a kickable position. Turglar made no mistake and gave a jubilant home side a three-point lead.
In a dramatic finish, Park came close to snatching a win when Ben Barton picked up a kick deep in his own half and went on a arcing run past a scrambling Aspatria defence. He fed a long pass to Evans on the wing, who showed great pace to close in on the tryline, but he was scrambled into touch just metres out.
Winnington slipped to fourth but only on points different - the leading quartet all have 16 points.
They host Oldham on Saturday.