NORTH 1 EAST
PERCY PARK 27 – 8 BEVERLEY
Unlike last week, this Saturday’s game was played without a gale force wind; instead, the players were tested to the full by persistent rain which had fallen all day, interspersed by the odd sleet shower. The pitch held up well but conditions were tricky to say the least especially with ball in hand, so Park adopted a more territorial game, kicking for position and letting their bulky pack batter away at the Beverley defence.
The East Yorkshire side started the game largely with the side that had beaten Wheatley Hills the week before, giving them their second win of the season. Park saw the welcome return of Ali Blair to the centre, but were forced to make a change just before kick off with prop George Purdy showing he is a true athlete by tweaking a hamstring, which meant Michael Birkett moved up from the bench to the front row. Fortunately the Lions game at Billingham had been called off by the home side due to a waterlogged pitch, which meant Johnny Kidd was on hand as front row replacement.
Beverley kicked off but within a couple of minutes Park had taken play up to the visitor’s 22 with an attacking line out. The catch and drive rumbled to the line and was stopped just short. A couple phases later Austin Phillips picked up and crashed over from short range to score. Conditions underfoot were treacherous for kicking and the conversion attempt was pulled wide of the left hand post.