North One East
Percy Park RFC 43 v Bridlington RUFC 0
'Park bounce back with scintillating win over Brid'
Following last week’s second half debacle away to Morley, Percy Park really needed to pull something out of the hat to settle the frayed nerves of the Percy Park faithful. And to their credit they came out of the traps like a wounded lion and truly bit a hopeful Bridlington in the haunches. It was a performance that had Coach Patton smiling and enthusing about his team “It was a great team performance built on strong defence. We were really focused on getting off the ‘D’ to win the gain line and that was very pleasing. Ash (Smith) and I want to our players to embody the principal of giving maximum effort when they play. If they do that they will be able to compete and when we compete that enables the team to celebrate. The hard job now is to replicate those principals on the road. We acknowledge that our home form is good however on the road it isn’t. To have the ability to compete at the top of the table we need to be a lot better than we have been”
From the start Percy Park showed intent by keeping Bridlington pinned in their half with some astute grubber and chip kicks followed by a quick chase. All Bridlington could do was attempt to recycle the bar and hammer the same down the lines. Yet the pressure was relentless with Park running the ball back with a vengeance. Only a marginal decision from the referee prevented Will Haskins from scoring when an earlier pass was adjudged to have been forward. And it didn’t take long for the Bridlington dam to burst. With Bridlington diving in from the side Park kicked the penalty to the corner. The catch and drive drove deep to the 5 metre line where Park knocked on. With an almighty heave Percy Park took Bridlington’s ball, allowing Ethan Wilson (playing at 8) to gather and dash over for the score. With Michael Grove converting. 7-0 to the home side.