BIRKENHEAD PARK cruised to a 37-19 success at home to Driffield to make their North One League position safe.
Intermediate Cup semi-finalists Driffield were cut down to size by a terrific first-half performance from Park which put them into a 34-7 lead.
The result was never in doubt and it was only in injury time that Driffield made the score more respectable with two tries and a conversion.
Park were solid in all depart-ments and gained first-half tries through skipper Christian Jones, Stuart Crampton, Martin Sutton, Chris Planchant and Dave Ibbotson. Ian Kennedy put over a penalty and three conversions and also hit a penalty in the third quarter.
The East Yorkshire side now face a real battle for survival in the division, especially as nearest rivals Hull Ionians saw off Chester 46-22.
It was a poor display by Chester. They were continually forced into errors and only found their feet late on when Murray King crossed for two tries and converted each time.
Steve Johnson gained a fine individual touchdown in the opening half and King kicked a penalty, but Hull had the greater desire and won well.
In South Lancashire/Cheshire One, Anselmians were left in relegation trouble after a 19-12 defeat at Bowdon. Neil Turner and Adam Quayle touched down and Andy Clarke converted once.
Wigan failed 22-15 at home to Wilmslow, who moved second in the table behind Widnes.
Ormskirk, in Division Two, lost 14-7 at home to Sandbach and a depleted St Edwards crashed 48- 8 against Crewe and
In club matches, Collegiate won 28-0 at Port Sunlight and Parkonians fell 28-12 against a Wirral XV with Billy Gilfoyle and Paul Houghton going in and Paul Topping landing a goal.
Cheshire gained a 32-19 success against Cumbria at Kirby Lonsdale yesterday in their third match in the Northern Group of the Under-20 County Championship.
They scored tries through Ben Lyon of Caldy (2), Wirral's Andy Moore, Peter Hardwick (Macclesfield) and Rob Artingstall (Man-chester). Duncan Steel from Nantwich. Winnington Park hit two conversions and a penalty.
Cheshire, now with three victories to their credit, next meet Lancashire at New Brighton on Sunday, March 21.
Sedbergh School lifted the Birkenhead Park North of England Schools Invitation Sevens for the fourth time in 15 years. In the final of an event in which 40 teams competed, they trounced Arnold School 42-7, scoring six converted tries to one.
The Boodle and Dunthorne Plate went to Queen Elizabeth Hexham. Birkenhead School were beaten semi-finalists.