Fleetwood 0, Winnington Park 43

WINNINGTON'S handling and finishing on a heavy pitch was outstanding, as they bounced back from defeat by Stockport with a near perfect performance on the Fylde Coast on Saturday.

Fleetwood's bright opening was quickly crushed by the park forwards who went on to dominate the match and it was not long before prop Ian Davies was driven over the line for the first try.

Ben Barton, who ably stepped into the fly-half role for the afternoon to fill in for Gary Bell's absence, missed a difficult kick.

But Winnington kept possession from the restart and were soon going forward with a driving maul which Fleetwood could not stop - Pete Dennett diving over the line for the first of his two tries, his second following soon after.

Just before the half-time whistle Matthew Dodds picked the ball up from a driving maul and popped round to score Winnington's fourth

try of the half. Ben Barton improved the score by three conversions and, just before the break, he also landed a penalty.

Winnington continued where they left off in the first half but their backs had more work to do and were brought into the game more. Dennett was replaced in the second half with a niggling injury by Andrew Barnes who stamped his authority on the game with some outstanding tackling.

Park's back-row forward Rick Smith capped his man-of-the-match display by scoring a great try, following interplay between backs and forwards.

The Winnington backs started to show their flair and pace with good quick balls and centre Steve Jones scored, quickly followed by captain Barton, who was immaculate both with his place kicking and overall play.

Juniors: Parks U12s won at Oldershaw 47-12 (Reynolds, Far-

rington, Rourke, Dykes, Pym, Alston, James tries; Farrington 6 cons); Park U11s beat Widnes 7-5 (Jack Williams try, con).

Northwich 20 Vagabonds 0

THE weather played a surprising part in Saturday's Moss Farm encounter. The heavens opened as the match kicked off and North-wich played the elements well, carrying the ball at every opportunity and denying the Manxmen possession.

It was the last home match for the three South African players and it was clear they wanted to sign off in style. Yisemkulu Teyise, the outstanding wing forward, caused the opposition all sorts of problems breaking tackles and making great inroads into the opposition half.

The Northwich effort was rewarded after 10 minutes when they were awarded a penalty which Lohane Kiewiet converted.

Northwich stepped up a gear and scored the best try of the match. After a huge forward effort the ball

was moved quickly to the left and Chris James picked an excellent angle to score close to the posts which Kiewiet again converted.

Vagabonds tried to use wind advantage, but Northwich were resolute and their tryline was never threatened for the rest of the half.

The second period became almost a sparring match with North-wich camped in the Vagabonds half.

On the hour, following a good build up play, Kiewiet dropped a goal to extend the lead and get the scoreboard moving again.

Shortly after the restart Kiewiet produced a superb up and under which the Vagabonds full back failed to deal with and using his pace Steve Campbell pounced and ran in a try under the posts which was converted by Kiewiet, putting the final touch to Northwich's eighth consecutive victory.

Juniors: Northwich U14s beat Sandbach 17-14 (Houghton, Tyrell, Sparkes tries; Devaney con).