NORTH 1 EAST
DRIFFIELD 17 – 13 PERCY PARK
Week 9 of the 2015/16 league campaign saw Percy Park travel to East Yorkshire to meet Driffield, who prior to the game were in 10th place in the table, four places behind Park. Both teams have had a mixed start to the season, and the game itself was a good spectacle for the neutral spectator and could have gone either way, although the home side prevailed with Park coming away with a losing bonus point.
Park made several changes to their team due to injury or non-availability, with skipper Andy Dunn sidelined which allowed Jonny Dubois to start at hooker. George Purdy, Harry Watson, Ricki Hasnip and Kieran Sutherland all missed the trip, but coach Lome Fa’atau and Craig Smith both made their 1st XV debuts and both played influential parts in a much improved team performance than the last showing against Northern.
Park kicked off with the wind and sun at their backs and full back Michael Grove opened the scoring for the visitors with a third minute penalty. Both sides were playing an open and fast game but a trip on Ali Blair saw centre Alex Piercy sin binned on the nine-minute mark.