Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Final
PERCY PARK 20 – 10 TYNEDALE RAIDERS
Percy Park booked their place in the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup for the third successive season, and Morpeth now stand in the way of a hat-trick of cup final wins. With all of the rain midweek, it was testament to the ground staff, and particularly Brian Scorer who had the foresight to pump off some of the surface water, in a pond at the bottom of the pitch. Rain early on Saturday morning and a rise in the temperature meant the game could go ahead, when many other games in the county were frozen off.
Going into the game, Park had several enforced changes, with James Bird being cup tied, and wings Liam Blackburn and George Lewis unavailable. Phil Morse also withdrew on Friday with a bout of shingles, which meant several of the Lions squad had to step up to the senior squad.
The day started well with a superb Christmas pre-match lunch enjoyed by over 100 guests which included Northumberland County President Peter O’Brien.