Waterpark’s margin for error has further receded following a 10-5 defeat in Skibbereen, a result which moved Skibb off the bottom of the table and leaves Park fifth, eight points adrift of leaders Richmond.
With two wins and two defeats from their opening four league fixtures this season, the Ballinakill men know that nothing less than a win away to leaders Richmond next Sunday will now suffice.
The leaders currently boast the only 100 per cent record in the league, meaning Park are likely to have to produce their best rugby of the season to date to get their campaign back on track.
Sturggling St Senan’s will make the trip to Waterford on December 13th, a match the hosts will be expected to win, but right now all that will be exercising Park minds is Richmond on Sunday next.
Thanks to a David Copeland try in the dying minutes of the match, Park at least left West Cork with a losing bonus point, their third BP of the season to date.
But tries from Skibb’s Peter Stout and Maurice O’Keeffe meant the home support went home the happier on a bitterly cold afternoon.
An arduous couple of training sessions between now and Sunday will exercise Waterpark minds when facing opponents who have come out the better of three tight scrapes this season, two of those at home. So they shall not travel to Richmond without hope.