DAVE Thompson’s smart finish earned for Winnington Park a deserved share of the spoils from a visit to Wigan.

The away team had taken the lead when Harry Garner pushed in a rebound after Mike Sambell’s initial shot from the top of the D had been parried by the goalkeeper.

Following a barrage of short-corners, Wigan equalised with the final touch before the interval.

They netted a second time following a counter-attack, only for Park to restore parity again straight from the restart through Thompson.

Their rearranged encounter at Keswick, scheduled for Sunday, was again postponed.

Winnington’s seconds played out a 1-1 draw with Sale at Sir John Deane’s College, where Mark Lee drilled in from a short-corner to give the home team the lead.

Goalkeeper Andy Palin kept out the visitors until they grabbed a leveller midway through the second-half.

Park’s fourths put behind them the disappointment of a heavy defeat seven days earlier when they scored eight goals without reply against Chester’s sixths.

Liam McKee claimed a first-half hat-trick for the Northwich side, who led 4-0 at the break after Alex Goldie found the net.

McKee added another treble in the second-half, making it six for the afternoon, while Stuart Entwistle completed the scoring after James Egerton’s drive into space had created the opportunity.


North West Men's Hockey League

Saturday, February 10

Division One (2pm): Winnington Park v Neston 2nd.

Division Four South (2pm): Liverpool Sefton 2nd v Winnington Park 2nd.

Division Seven South West (12.30pm): Winnington Park 3rd v Bebington 3rd.

Division Eight South West (2.15pm): Warrington 2nd v Winnington Park 4th.

Home fixtures are played at Sir John Deane's College