WINNINGTON Park headed north to face Cockermouth on Saturday having not been beaten this calendar year.

However, that run hit the buffers thanks to a 32-12 defeat for Matt Farr’s men in Cumbria – their first since November 20, a run spanning six games.

They showed only glimpses of what they could do and it was not enough against a home side that secured a four-try bonus point.

The result leaves them fourth in the North Two West table ahead of the visit of Warrington – the team one place and two points behind them – to Burrows Hill on Saturday.

A scrappy first half saw Cockermouth fail to really take advantage of having the wind in their favour, with only a brace of penalties to show for their efforts.

The second half started in a similar vein and it took until 15 minutes after the interval for the hosts to score the first try, which was quickly followed by another as 12 quickfire points put them firmly in the driving seat.

Park faced an uphill battle to get back into the game but set about their task, with a well-worked attack ending with James Johnson splitting the home defence to score a converted effort.

However, Cockermouth continued to pressure the Park line and scored their third try to regain control, but Johnson’s second try of the game – a powerful drive over from close range that went unconverted this time – kept the visitors in touch.

They left themselves with too much to do, though, and Cockermouth had the final say with a try between the posts.