NORTH 1 EAST
PERCY PARK 18 – 23 NORTHERN
Northern’s game management was the key to their win at Preston Avenue coupled with a lack lustre performance by the home side. The visitor’s seemed to want the win more and Park looked sluggish at times, although they started brightly as Northern kicked off with the wind and slope advantage.
For the first 4 minutes Percy Park took the play to the visiting side, and should have scored but canny play by one or two of the Northern forwards slowed ball down enough to deny the try but Park did come away with 3 points when Michael Grove kicked a penalty.
Ex Sheffield fly half Donal Collins kicked well pinning Park back after several attacks were repelled. There were good breaks in midfield by Ricki Hasnip and John Scott but the support play wasn’t on hand and scoring opportunities went begging. The best chance came as Josh Hedley made a break for the line but was tackled short and Park couldn’t capitalise on the field position.