Candy League Division 1
Tynedale Raiders 59 v Percy Park Lions 17
‘There’s always next week!’
The headline just about states all that needs to be said. Mind our players had a little bit more to say after the game and the word ‘Dire’ is about the only thing I can set to print!!....many did not want me to record the story of the game although one or two thought that the score line flattered Tynedale…well (although it hurts me to say it) it didn’t…Park were well beaten by a side that played a high pressure game and we did not cope as well as many thought we would. Now before we all get despondent there was loads of bright spots coupled with some very talented young players and a wily management side that more than suggests that all will be well on Preston Avenue.
And on that heartening note, it was great to see a fair number of the Percy Park faithful in attendance, along with our Head Coach Lawrence Patten and Club Captain Jonny Dubois. A thoughtful conversation took place post game that centred around playing under pressure that will bear fruit in the future….because the Tynedale Raiders were not a great side and the first 15 minutes of that game they were all at sea and Park were in control.
NORTH 1 EAST
PERCY PARK 18 – 12 POCKLINGTON
Percy Park maintained their 100% home record with this 18-12 win over Pocklington at Preston Avenue on Saturday. Pock had lost their only game so far this season in the previous week by a single point against Morley, conceding late in the game whilst down to 12 men. Their lower league position is by virtue of a 5 points penalty held over from last season. Although Park had much of the early play they couldn’t convert this into points with a couple of good scoring opportunities going begging when final passes didn’t go to hand or 2 on 1 chances were squandered. They did however open their account on 30 minutes through Seb Reece after a good run by Joe Wafer opened up the Pock defence allowing the young Park centre to go over under the posts.Ash Smith converted for a 7-0 lead.
Smith stretched the Park lead further with a penalty on 36 minutes. With the half almost over Ash Smith made a decisive break through the Pocklington mid field and passed to Richard Chadwick who was stopped 5 metres from the try line. The ball was recycled and Smith put in a cross field kick to full back Michael Grove who retrieved the ball and dabbed it down for the 5 points. The try wasn’t converted but Park went into the break 15-0 ahead.