North One East
Alnwick 17 – 32 Percy Park
Percy Park turned the tables on fellow Northumberland side Alnwick with a dynamic 20 minute display after the home side led 17 -15 with an hour on the clock. Both sides had key personnel missing, but a strong Park bench enhanced the squad to good effect to secure another bonus point win.
The visitors had the chance to open the scoring but an Ash Smith penalty was struck wide. Alnwick then scored after a superb dummy by their fly half opened up a gap and Richy Elliot scored an unconverted try.
Ash Smith missed a second penalty attempt before wing Liam Blackburn, back in the side after a long term injury, struck on 30 minutes to tie the scores 5 – 5.
Park went ahead 3 minutes later when Ash Smith kicked a penalty, but just before the break Alnwick hit back with a controversial try hotly disputed by the Park contingent. The home pack had the edge in the set scrums and when Park were penalised for a collapsed scrum near their line, Alnwick were allowed to take a quick tap penalty which resulted in a try for James Hamilton.
Just before the whistle for half time Park were awarded a penalty as Alnwick were punished for being off side in open play, but again Ash Smith was off target in his effort to take Park into the lead at the interval.