IT wasn’t pretty but it was mission accomplished as Wilmslow Wolves ended a three-game losing sequence since the start of the year with a 23-17 success against Broughton Park in North One West.

They had to dig deep into their reserves of stamina and character to keep a resurgent Park at bay during the final ten minutes when they put together over 30 phases of continuous rugby.

Wilmslow’s defence for the most part kept its discipline and shape and refused to yield.

It was their best defensive showing since playing Firwood Waterloo and Birkenhead Park back in the autumn.

Tries from flanker Matthew Norfolk-Clarke, full back Ben Day and left winger Sam Cutts together with one conversion and two successful penalty kicks from Bob MacCallum proved just enough.

After ten minutes, Park put together a passage of recycling in the Wilmslow twenty two, which ended with Dewland forcing his way over.

Wilmslow replied when MacCallum stroked a penalty into the corner and from the lineout Norfolk-Clarke burst through to touch down.

This was followed by MacCallum putting in an accurate kick which was taken by Mark Jennings and quickly fed to full back Day for the second try.

Play was held up when a loose dog decided to join in and briefly evaded everyone’s efforts to catch him.

Soon after Wilmslow failed to clear their lines from a scrum and Park put centre Josh Maddocks in for a 14-12 advantage at half time.

MacCallum and Eaton exchanged penalties in the third quarter.

The decisive moment came when Wilmslow pressed from a penalty lineout on 60 minutes.

The drive was held and Wilmslow were awarded a scrum from which Ethan Harding eventually put Sam Cutts in with a well timed wide pass.

Minutes later MacCallum opted for three more points from a penalty in front of the posts.

Wolves are away to a Warrington side struggling just one place off the foot off the table on Saturday.