Park storm to Papa John Community Shield Victory
Park won a tense battle V Newbold on Avon in the Papa John Community Shield final on Sunday. The final played at the fabulous Darlington arena turned into a memorable day for Park who ran out winners 37 – 20.
It has been a magnificent cup run for Park beating Pocklington, Old Crossleyans and Crewe & Nantwich on the way to reach the final.
Park ,who had a nervy start to the game going 10 – 3 behind in the early stages fought back to Win 37 – 20. 2 tries from Tom King, a brilliant try from Charlie Hyde and 2 conversions and 6 penalties from Ben Elliot saw Park deservedly lift the trophy despite the game being an even contest for the majority of the game.
Parks 22-man squad contained 20 home grown players who have all gone through the club excellent mini and junior sections. Chairman Paul Dean said “ It was an emotional day and a fabulous occasion. As a club we are so proud that so many of our youngsters get the opportunity to play for the 1st XV on days like these and its even better when we win competitions after what has been a tough but really successful season” 3 of the squad played in the Colts Cheshire Cup victory last weekend.
The senior squad look forward to a break for the summer but will be returning in July to prepare for next season. Securing a league place in Regional 2 North for the 2023/4 season , Winning the Papa John Community Shield and the Colts winning a League and Cup double has made it a season to remember for Park.
Squad for the final.
1.Tom King.2 Jake Cornwell 3.Shaun Underdown (VC) 4.Cameran Heron 5.Dave Cross 6.Gary Dykes 7.Matt Treacy 8. Dan Williams 9.Cameron Flanagan 10.Ben Elliott 11.Dan Davenport 12.James Johnson(Capt)13.Jack England 14.Jack Williams. 15 Charlie Hyde 16. Ross Morrin 17.Gregor Purves 18 Josh Gibbins 19.James Wood 20Ben Thorn 21.Rhy Dixon 22Frddie Kenyon.
Liam Geary, Alex Burrage, Kieran Taylor & Chris Twigg all played in the previous rounds of the cup but were not available for the finals but all played a big part in our success.
Dates for your diaries
We have one further outing to finish of the season. On Friday 12thd May we have an Under 23s match – Winnington Park V Sandbach under the lights . A great opportunity to see the upcoming talent at the club. A 7.30Kick off under the lights and another opportunity to support our lads.
Friday 26 May is the captains Dinner at the club at 7.00pm.What a celebration for all our senior teams this will be. Book you place if you are planning on attending.