Winnington Park 21 Lymm 31
WINNINGTON slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat in the final 20 minutes at Burrows Hill on Saturday.
Until a month ago they were one of four joint leaders of North Two West but their promotion hopes are now faint.
They were without regulars Andy Barnes, Peter Dennett and Mark Patterson, but welcomed back Nigel Blenkinsop. How-ever, he failed to inspire Park to a much-needed win which has left them eight points off the top but still fourth in the league.
Both sides missed early attempts at goal until a Shaw penalty for Lymm opened the scoring.
It woke up Park. They retrieved the ball from the kick off and Ben Barton fed flanker Ben Richardson who returned the ball for Barton to perform a trademark side step and slip under the posts, adding the conversion as well.
For the next 10 minutes Lymm seemed to be in a daze as Winnington played exciting rugby and Luke Worsley, the Lymm hooker, was then sinbinned for punching.
Winnington's move from Mark Warr's resultant penalty led to Mark Taylor crashing over and Ben Barton's touchline conversion made it 14-3.
Rick Smith broke about four tackles on his way to the line to score.
But they relaxed and Lymm scored a try before the break.
The score was soon 21-15 and still Winnington could do nothing about the obvious danger.
With 20 minutes still to play Park led 21-18 and in an attempt to stop the rot Park brought on Blenkinsop for his home debut. But he failed to raise Park's game and Lymm edged in front with an unconverted try before adding another try, this one goaled, before the finish.
The game was preceded by two-minute silence in memory of club stalwart Roy Jones, who died recently.
His son Terry went on to score twice for Park 2nds as they beat Oldham 17-7 (Phil Barrett try; Paul McCafferty con also scored).
Park U16s beat Eagle 36-5 (Toby Kinealy (2), Ben Elliot, Tobinson, Stef Downey, Will Winter tries; Elliot 3 cons); Park U13s bteat Gloostop 29-12 (Andy Milne, Tom Gates, Will Levy, Bud Skinkiss, James Harries tries; Dyfed Thomas 2 cons); Park U11s drew 0-0 against Whitchurch and beat them 7-0 (Sanson try; Spaven con); U10s lost to Whitchurch 4-3 (Jack Williams, Elliot Reeks, Mark Toleman) and lost 2-0 to Widnes.