NORTH 1 EAST
PERCY PARK 55 – 15 HORDEN
Percy Park ran in 4 tries in each half to come away with a bonus point win at the expense of league new comers Horden. The visitors were Champions of Durham & Northumberland 1 last season, but are finding the step up to level 6 difficult and prop up the table having lost several players in the close season, and also picking up injuries to key players in the first 3 league games of season 2014/15.
Park were on the score board inside 4 minutes when after a couple of phases of play Ash Smith carved his way through the Horden defence and offloaded to Ali Blair who stepped full back David Heckles to score under the posts. Smith converted and Park were in front 7 – 0.
The Horden pack was it’s usually large framed, but Park disrupted ant decent scrummage ball they could secure and their line-out didn’t function too well, so they had to live off scraps of possession. On 8 minutes when Park were penalised for entering a ruck from the side, Heckles stepped up and slotted the penalty to reduce the arrears 7 – 3.
Within 3 minutes Ali Blair had scored his second once again stepping the flat footed defence and Ash Smith converted. A minute later however, the visitors struck back with a try on the right wing as Cameron Stables rounded his opposite number to score in the corner. The conversion was missed and the score remained 14 – 8.