PARK rattled off the victory they needed to dispel all thoughts of relegation at Burrows Hill on Saturday.
With so few points separating the mid-table teams, they could have been sucked into the relegation fight but completed the double over the Cumbrians to put a spring in their step. They played some fine running rugby, especially in the first half.
Park welcomed back captain Matt Dodds after injury and Richard Smith on the back row. But it was stand-off Ben Barton who kicked them into the lead, landing a penalty for offside after only three minutes.
Penrith made one or two dangerous excursions into the Winnington half and it was down to some resolute tackling from the home defence that kept them out.
The first try of the game came after 15 minutes following some inspired play from the Winnington backs. Ben Barton set off on a probing cross-field run and found support in the form of Simon Jennion. The young full-back timed his run to perfection to create the overlap that gave winger Phil Sharples a clear run for the line. Ben Barton added the conversion from the touchline to give a deserved ten-point lead.
Park were well orchestrated by coach Mark Warr, who had a commanding game at scrum-half. Not only did he constantly harass the Penrith scum-half and back-row on their scrummage, but he was always looking to vary the attack with some clever chips into space to set up good attacking positions.
A scrum to Park on the Penrith 22m line allowed number eight Smith to pick the ball up from the base of the scrum and make a strong run towards the posts, before he was brought down a metre short of the line. Warr's quick pass out gave stand-off Barton the space to attack the disorganised Penrith defence, and he carved between the lunging tacklers to score.
Barton was unable to improve the score with the conversion and he was off target with his next some five minutes later, when Park scored their third try. This time it was centre Mark Patterson who made a strong and determined run, breaking through at least four attempts at a tackle before crossing the line.
Ronan O'Gara gave Penrith some hope on the stroke of half time when he converted a penalty awarded when a Winnington forward drifted offside at a ruck.
Park began the second period with a useful 20-3 lead and, despite having territorial advantage for most of the second half, they could not match the quality of finishing they showed in the first. The only score came midway through the half when again Ben Barton tormented the Penrith cover with another fine break, cutting back inside the full-back to dive over near the posts. SAM Fishbourne scored in Winnington 2nds' 20-5 defeat at West Park.