NORTH 1 EAST
WEST HARTLEPOOL 23 – 10 PERCY PARK
Park travelled to windswept Hartlepool and hats off (in some cases literally), to both sets of supporters for braving the elements, with a couple of woolly hats having to be retrieved from the surrounding shrubbery, but mostly praise should go the players for an entertaining game for the purists. Although conditions dictated that most of the game was trench warfare battled out through the forwards, wind gusting at over 50 mph was as much a hindrance as a help to both sides although Gav Painter for West made use of the tail wind for 2 long range first half penalties.
Park made a few enforced changes to the squad, with Lome Fa’atau, John Scott and Ali Blair all unavailable. After a good showing for the Lions last week, Chris (Tank) Reekie made his season’s debut for the 1st XV in the back row.
West kicked off with a howling gale at their backs and scored first with a Painter penalty. Park responded with try by skipper Andy Dunn after a driving maul from a line out in the home side 22.