NORTH 1 EAST
SOUTH SHIELDS WESTOE 17 – 37 PERCY PARK
Percy Park claimed the bragging rights with a bonus point win in the North/South Shields derby at Wood Terrace. Park scored almost from the kick off with only 35 seconds on the clock as full back Michael Grove finished off a move without the home side touching the ball other than from the kick itself. Karl Thompson claimed the ball from the start and offload to Josh Hedley before Ethan Wilson drove on. The ball was spun to the back line and Ali Blair found Michael Grove on hand to run in the try shrugging off the would be tackler as he crossed the line.
Westoe struck back minutes later with a penalty before an ugly incident saw Ali Blair lifted off the ground and driven into the perimeter fence. Craig Olugbode was yellow carded for the tackle but Ali Blair was also sent to the bin for retaliation.
Michael Grove kicked Park further ahead when the home side were penalised for another dangerous tackle and then with his second try and conversion it was South Shields Westoe 3 – 15 Percy Park with all Park’s points coming from the young full back Michael Grove.
In the program notes for the game, the physical nature of the previous week’s encounter Wheatley Hills and South Shields Westoe was mentioned, but it was Westoe who this week were guilty of a string of high tackles which saw hooker Grant Walker shown a yellow on 32 minutes then second row Andrew Kirton was sent to the cooler 3 minutes later for a tip tackle.
Park took advantage of the numerical advantage when Kieran Sutherland chipped over the heads of the rush defence and retrieved the ball and dived over the try line for the score on 39 minutes. Michael Grove hit the post with the conversion attempt that bounced out to deny the extra 2 points.