Fri 15 Dec 2017 20:28

Sat 2 Dec 2017, 14:15

West Park (St Helens) RFC
Broughton Park FC

How West Park saw the game.


West Park’s best display of the season against the league leaders was unfortunately marred by a
number of puzzling decisions which denied them a richly deserved win. The visitors were credited
with 5 tries against Park’s 3 tries, thus leaving the home side with a single bonus point, when more
often looked likely. West Park opened the scoring with a penalty from Warren Hunt, making a welcome
return to the team after a long absence, but the visitors soon engineered an overlap to provide their
centre with an opportunity to cross for an unconverted try. The game was finely balanced until the
half-hour mark when the visitors increased their lead from a scrum then completing a blindside move
for another unconverted try.

The home side hit back with another Hunt penalty, but in time added on

in the first half, the visitors scored again from a ruck following a heavily wheeled scrum, again not
converted and leaving the halftime score at 15 pts to 6 pts.

In the second half the home side took the game to the opposition at every opportunity, and were next
to score after a typical powerful break by Josh Ainsworth was finished off in the corner by winger
Ryan Littler. The try was not converted, but playing with admirable self-belief, West Park scored again,
centre Olli Berry touching down after an excellent run took him through the opposition’s defence.
Though both touch judges gave the conversion, the referee overruled them, much to everyone’s amazement.

Soon afterwards another unexplained decision awarded the visitors a penalty try, and with it 7 added points
and with it a bonus point for their four tries.

Perhaps buoyed by these setbacks the home side played with added conviction and scored again, winger Hunt
fielding a deft kick from centre Berry to cross in the corner and add a magnificent kick to give West Park a
one-point lead. The home side were well worthy of their lead and set about looking for a fourth try and with it
an added bonus point. It was, however, the visitors who managed the final score of the game with a forwards
surge after winning a 5-metre scrum scoring a try which was duly converted.

The home side cannot be faulted for either individual or collective effort and an obvious desire to win, and will
need to carry these attributes into next weeks game at Leigh.

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