North One East
Cleckheaton 31-Percy Park 27
Percy Park despair in injury time.
At this present moment Percy Park are travelling along a bumpy road recording a five game losing streak…yet if this performance can be used as a guide, it appears as if Park are nearing the end of that particular road. A much improved performance had Cleckheaton on the rack and it was only in disputed overtime that the Cleckheaton number 8 Jack Sneddon bounced off several tackles to score a fine try to win the game for the home side. A game that Percy Park could have, and some will argue should have, returned with 5 points secured and confidence restored.
Percy Park started the game with six changes from last week’s loss. Josh Hedley made his first start of the season after returning from his New Zealand sabbatical and Tom ‘Roofer’ Robertson made his debut in the back row. First blood went to Cleckheaton with Percy Park adjudged to illegally transgressed within kicking distance of the posts. With the subsequent penalty taken Percy Park found themselves 3-0 down after 3 minutes and if matters couldn’t get worse Percy Park found themselves a man down after 5 minutes with Jake Smith being dispatched to the sin bin for ‘repeated offending’. And as in previous weeks the opposition made Park pay with an unconverted try on 14 minutes. Cleckheaton using the extra man to their advantage to put winger Liam Darville into the left corner to score a relatively easy try.