WINNINGTON Park were given a reminder of the standard required at this level although they were closer to their promotion-chasing hosts than the score suggests.

However a fourth successive defeat away from Burrows Hill highlights one area for improvement in the second-half of the season.

Wing Harry Briscoe scored in the corner inside 60 seconds, a catalyst for Bowdon to pin the visitors inside their own territory for long periods.

It was no surprise when Liam Connolly touched down between the posts, and Will Nicholson converted.

Matt Farr’s men announced their arrival into the contest when Cameron Flanagan kicked a penalty after a series of quick driving plays forced the home team to infringe.

A timely interception from Connolly led to him inviting Tom Gomulko to dot down a third try, improved again by Nicholson.

Park rallied though, and were awarded a penalty-try when the referee judged that Bowdon’s front-row had continually pulled down the scrum.

Bowdon started the second-half as they did the first, adding to their points tally when Jamie Anthony picked up the ball in midfield and weaved his way to the line.

Nicholson’s extras made it 26-10, and the same combination increased the home team’s lead.

Park sent on Danny Williams and Jack Williams, together with veteran Joe Robins, and a more aggressive approach saw them take the game to Bowdon.

They continued to pose problems at the scrum too but without converting their dominance into points.

Instead a final flourish from the hosts’ backs division ended with Mitch McGrath going over on the right before Nicholson’s kick completed the scoring.

It leaves the men from Burrows Hill sixth in Lancashire/Cheshire Division One ahead of a visit from Rochdale next Saturday.

Park | Underdown, Evans, Snowden, Dave Cross, Hallworth, Dykes, Treacy, Stubbs, Matt Cross, Flanagan, Brookes, Ryan Williams, Houghton, Moran, Allmark Replacements Danny Williams, Jack Williams, Robins Pen Flanagan