SSE NATIONAL 3 NORTH
WATERLOO 23 – 12 PERCY PARK
For the second successive week, Park were sunk after the 80th minute, after having more of the play and possession, and for the second week Park came away with no points to show for all their efforts. The game hinged on a handful of major events which conspired against the visitors and saw the home side pull off a Houdini style escape from the relegation zone to ensure National league rugby again next season.
The sizeable crowd saw Loo take a 10-point lead after Park had started the brighter. A penalty on 13 minutes by Liam Reeve was increased with a converted try ten minutes later. With Waterloo on the attack, fly half Reeve put in a cross-field kick which appeared to be going dead but bounced inside the dead-ball area and came back infield to the waiting hands of left wing Luke Blease who dabbed the ball down for the easiest try he’ll score this season.
Park as in the game a week earlier had more of the possession but just could make it count. The Percy Park pack had the edge in both scrum and line-out, but the Blundellsands side defence was strong and determined, and it took a moment of individual skill for George Lewis to unpick the defensive lock with quick feet, stepping through the slightest of gaps and side stepping the Loo full back to score under the posts on 32 minutes. Toby Davison kicked the extras and Park were on the scoreboard and back in the game and the half ended 10 – 7 to the home side.