NORTH ONE EAST
NORTHERN 5 - 10 PERCY PARK
There are a number of claims to origins of the phrase “winning ugly” but whoever coined the term, Percy Park certainly gave it full meaning in an awful game for the spectator.
Northern kicked off with a tail wind as the drizzle began to fall as if on cue to the referees whistle to commence proceedings. The short trip across town hardly excused the lack lustre start as Park failed to secure the ball ceding possession to the home side from the off.
A bustling run by hooker Sam Wilson kept the visitors on the back foot and eventually Paddy Harper went over in the right hand corner for a try within the first 3 minutes of play. Full back Shane Wright, recently returned from Australia was given the kicking duties, but missed the conversion attempt.
Park then spent most of the first forty minutes inside their own half, but although Northern looked sharper in the back line, Percy Park’s defence held firm and Wright had a penalty kick to extend the lead, but his effort was well wide.