WINNINGTON regained three players but lost six and made all the adjustments necessary to keep them top of North Two West, on Saturday.
Out went Mark Warr, Simon Jennions (both injured), Carl Patterson (suspended) and the unavailable Will Burgess, Rob Burchell and Jonny Evans.
Back in came Ben Richardson, Mark Patterson and Paul McCaffery, but they were without a recognised scrum-half and Sam Barton was pressed into that role and formed a new half-back part-nership with brother Ben.
It was that combination that sparked Park into life after just five minutes from a scrum on the Oldham 22. Ben Barton, who is in the form of his life, made the first of many searching breaks. Having beaten two defenders he cleverly linked with brother Sam who stood the final defender up and crashed over the line.
Oldham soon replied with a penalty and whenever Park moved the ball the Oldham back line flew up quickly.
On 28 minutes Park won a good lineout, Ben Barton sensed the speed of the oncoming defence and cleverly stepped inside. He blitzed through the Oldham back row and found Steve Jones who injected the required pace, made it to the 22-metre line and although he was tackled he offloaded to flying prop Anthony Sullivan who won the race to the line.
At this point Park's confidence visibly grew. Andy Barnes caught the restart kick and drove hard and direct at the Oldham pack. Sam Barton fed back row Ben Richardson who went crashing through several tackles.
Twice Pete Dennett continued the thrust down the left, and finally at the fourth phase of play Park moved the ball right. Prop
Mark Taylor showed great handling skills, in catching a difficult pass, and fed Matt Shillabeer who stepped inside the remaining defenders to score what must be by far the best team try that Park have scored for many seasons.
Oldham again made a three-point reply but Winnington were irresistible and the brothers Barton, Sam feeding Ben, combined for the next try. Ben converted.
McCafferty went closer before the break, but 10 minutes after the resumption Nathan Archer crashed over following good work from Mark Patterson. He collected a speculative Oldham kick on the halfway line and smashed his way to the Oldham 22. Captain Matt Dodd continued the drive to link with Archer. Ben Barton added the conversion.
It was 20 minutes before Park added to their score and in between times Oldham had reduced the deficit to 29-13.
With 10 minutes to go Winnington finished the scoring. Iain Moriarty, who once again dominated the lineout, took a great ball off the top, Sam Barton released his backs, Patterson drove hard in the midfield and linked twice with Ben Richardson to put the flanker over. Ben Barton saw his conversion bounce out off the upright.
Sam Barton was outstanding. Manager Mike Bebbington had asked him to do the basics in an unfamiliar role, but he excelled and said afterwards: 'That was great fun. I enjoyed the tempo of the game. Credit to the forwards, though, they gave me a real armchair ride.
'The backs got us over the gain line and made it easy for me in that we were always going forward.'
Winnington have no game at the weekend, but host second-placed Stockport on Saturday week (2pm).