WINNINGTON Park have an opportunity to avenge a defeat in last season’s Cheshire RFU Bowl final when they meet the same opponents in the next edition.

Matt Farr’s men were paired with Crewe & Nantwich, their conquerors in the sunshine at New Brighton in April, in a draw for the quarter-finals published earlier this week.

It means a rematch too between brothers with the Winnington coach’s younger brother, John, his counterpart at Crewe.

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Park will act as hosts in September.

Meanwhile Northwich must wait to discover who will block their path initially when they begin the defence of a Cheshire RFU Vase crown they claimed back last term.

Martin Poste’s men, architects of a brilliant last-gasp victory against Birkenhead Park in the showpiece at Easter, will travel to either Sandbach or Macclesfield in September.

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Those two must meet first in a Cheshire RFU Cup encounter, with the loser dropping into the Vase.

Blacks knocked the former out of last term’s edition with a stunning 23-20 success at the semi-finals stage.


Cheshire RFU Vase


To be played before Saturday, September 7

Bowdon v Altrincham Kersal

Caldy or Wirral v Birkenhead Park

Sandbach or Macclesfield v Northwich

Wilmslow v Anselmians

Cheshire RFU Bowl


To be played before Saturday, September 7

Congleton v Marple

Dukinfield v Ellesmere Port

Hoylake v New Brighton

Winnington Park v Crewe & Nantwich