Lymm 17, Winnington Park 26
WINNINGTON raised their title hopes and beat off the challenge of their third placed hosts with a strong comeback, on Saturday.
Almost from the kick-off Park found themselves on the back foot and desperate to clear their own line. But the heavier Lymm forwards drove the ball from a line out and number eight Sutton got the touchdown, converted by Shaw.
Lymm took full advantage after 10 minutes of some casual Park tackling for winger Murphy to finish off a fine move and again Shaw converted.
Winnington were finding the punishing slope of the Crouchley Lane pitch a challenge but began to graft their way back into the game. An intelligent chip from Sam Barton into the corner set up the Park forwards for a catch and driving maul. Hooker Matt Dodd, in the thick of the action, forced the ball down over the line.
Park ended the first half on top and two Gary Bell penalties reduced the deficit to just three points at 14-11.
Winnington made a more impressive start to the second half and were assisted when the home side was reduced to 14 men when captain Millichip was yellow carded.
Park tried a series of forward drives close to the Lymm line but it was a change of tactics that broke the stale-
mate. Quick ball was released to the backs and burly centre Mark Patterson broke through the opposition defence to crash over near the posts. Bell's kick putting Park four points ahead.
The game was still in the balance until Sam Barton outstripped the cover to put Park 14-23 ahead.
Lymm's only reply was a solitary Shaw penalty which was soon cancelled out by a rare drop goal from Gary Bell.
Park have a 'promotion decider' at leaders Stock-port on Saturday.
In a fiercely contested promotion issue Park 2nds were beaten by Widnes 2nds 24-22.
Their points came from Joe Ellis, Bob Glenister, John Palmen tries, William Sharpe penalty try. Wilmslow 3 Northwich 29: Resurgent Northwich dented Wilmslow's promotion prospects with an awesome first-half performance at Pownall Park on Saturday.
A shell-shocked Wilmslow outfit found themselves 19-0 down at the break following what was a clinical attacking display from an on-fire Northwich team.
It was the sixth straight win from
coach Chris Chudleigh's revitalised Northwich, who aimed for fourth place at the turn of the year and may well achieve it.
It was a break from wing forward Yisemkulu Teyise which set up fly-half Lohane Kiewiet for the first of his two first half tries; his second came from a Chris Dale break and then Dale himself scored just before half-time. Kiewiet converted his first and Dale's try to command at 19-0.
In the second half Wilmslow regrouped and had the better of the play. They used their forwards well and were rewarded with an early penalty from stand off Bob MacCallum. Northwich responded by launching a rare second half attack and up popped Kiewiet to convert a fine drop goal.
Wilmslow continued to apply the pressure and were attacking the North-wich line when Kiewiet intercepted and sprinted 90 metres only to cheekily pass to Steve Campbell who scored between the sticks. The pass deprived Kiewiet of his hat-trick but he landed the conversion to bring his personal tally to 19 points.
Northwich entertain Aspull at Moss Farm on Saturday (2.30pm).