BIRKENHEAD PARK remained firmly rooted to the foot of the National Three North table after suffering another heavy loss at Sandal where they crashed to a disastrous 66-14 defeat.
Park competed well in the first half, scoring a try through hooker Stuart Brown converted by Dave Hall.
Park mistakes and a tendency to give the ball away contributed to Sandal's dominance but at 25-7 Park still felt they were in with a chance at half time.
Birkenhead needed to score first after the interval but it was Sandal who took their chance and thereafter it became a lost cause for a dispirited Park team.
Fly half Shaun Inghram did score a second try near the close which was converted again by Hall but it was a hugely disappointing performance.
Following the retirement of Tony Handley, Park have secured the services of new player coach Shaun Woof.
The former Caldy captain has a wealth of rugby experience having played at the top level for Worcester and Leeds.
Clearly Woof faces a big challenge but an optimistic Director of Rugby John McNally said: “We are delighted that Shaun Woof has joined us and it is a signing that we hope will be the catalyst for improvement. There is still a long way to go but we need to start picking up points soon.
“Last week we came close to beating Percy Park who are still unbeaten after defeating previous leaders Chester.
“I know we have players good enough to start moving up the table and we should have Dave Ibbotson back in the pack soon to provide much needed leadership up front.”
Woof’s younger brother Billy has also signed on at the Upper Park and will bring more firepower to the back division.
This Saturday another in form side , Billingham, are the visitors to the Upper Park as Park look for their elusive first league victory of the season.