WINNINGTON came good when all was lost at Manor Park on Saturday.
They scored two late tries in a forceful finish, which painted a rosier scoreline than expected.
Enforced changes altered the balance of the side and it took most of the game for Winnington to adapt. Their rousing finale salvaged their pride if nothing else.
A Quinlan penalty opened the scoring in Oldham's favour, but the next 20 minutes were formless and punctuated by the referee's whistle, though there were promising performances from Carl Patterson and Steve Jones.
Park suddenly broke loose. A kick ahead from Steve Jones and some coordinated rucking put them under the posts, but a second Oldham offside took Park back 15 metres to the first offence. But on 26 minutes, Conrad Blenkinsop neatly put over a penalty to bring the scores level.
Five minutes before the break, the Winnington defence plunged into chaos and Oldham's Fitton thanked the Park players as the ball stuck to his fingers and he went over for a try, which Quinlan converted.
A penalty edged them a little further ahead by half-time but, from the restart, Park were a reinvigorated side. For eight minutes they drove and rolled, they ran and rucked and gained a 48th-minute penalty on the left. For a left-footed kicker like Blenkinsop in a varying wind, this was too much.
After a little ebb, the Winnington forwards got their momentum back, pushing Winnington forward and weakening the Oldham defence.
Good hands from a ruck put Sam Barton, unusually playing at fly-half, in with half a chance. He accelerated down the wing to be bundled into touch a yard or so short.
Oldham crept further away via another Quinlan penalty and he converted a Miller try in the 75th minute, which was when Park suddenly hit form.
They brought on Cross at hooker and moved Ben Barton to the wing, and it was he, from nowhere, who produced Winnington's first try.
Before the final whistle, Barton opened the Oldham defence again and Steve Jones won the race to the line. Too little too late, but better than nothing at all.
With Oldham crying off in the 2nds league fixture on Saturday, Winnington had a pool game against Warrington 2nds at Burrows Hill, winning 29-22. Scorers were: Terry Jones 3, Rob Swann, Paul Gibson tries; Ian Riddle-stone 2 cons.