North One East
Percy Park RFC 48 v Consett RUFC 21
'Park bounce back with an 8 try haul'
A ‘ruthless’ performance from Parks back line devastated a very competitive Consett side. Following their collapse away to Driffield last Saturday, Percy Park were determined to show their detractors that they can be a force in North One East rugby. A determination that had many a supporter ‘purring’ at the pace and power exhibited by their team and had Coach Ash Smith happily describing part of the performance as ‘deadly’. Yet he did take a moment to bring an amount of realism into his summary, acknowledging that Park need to be more consistent in their performances before anyone can readily describe Percy Park as a quality side….”Good to bounce back after that away game against Driffield. What we need to do now is transfer our home performances to games on the road and I will be looking toward next week’s game against Morley to see how well we are actually doing. Having said that, we played some good rugby today working really hard off the ball and allowing our backs freedom to attack. The backs were deadly and executed their chances well. Overall we are very pleased with the result”
Consett started the game well helped by Park giving away territory from unnecessary penalties. Wing Ross Young feeling the ire of all around him as he failed to listen to clear instructions from the referee. Park were immediately on the back foot, with Consett being given the ‘advantage’, they pounded Parks defensive line. The referees whistle was shrill and many felt Park were creeping into card terriority. Only a timely leap at the line out from Michael Langlands relieved the pressure, allowing all in the ground to breathe. And from there Park went on the attack and they were devastating. With wing Ali Blair and full back Matty Boustead running great lines coupled with an audacious chip, catch and offload from Ash Smith, Park were on Consetts line. With the forwards pummelling their opposite numbers, Captain Jonny Dubois was unfortunate to be adjudged to be ‘held up over the line’. Still Park persisted. With the ball in the hands of centre Phil Morse, a little bit of magic saw a defence splitting chip bounce into the hands of Ali Blair, who in a flash was over to score under the posts. With the conversion taken…7 nil.