North One East
Percy Park RFC 38 v Malton and Norton RUFC 17
Deadly Haskins plays the conductor to slay brave Malton
A disciplined and well-constructed performance from Percy Park, combined with a fair bit of glitter, saw off a spirited Malton side to keep the Tyneside team in touch with league leaders Scarborough. If Park can sort out their away form, we could be in with a chance of ‘scrapping’ for one of the top places in North One East this season and that would be a big turnaround in fortunes from our last campaign. At home we are devastating and on Saturday it was scrum half Will Haskins who was the chief orchestrator and architect of breaking the heart of Malton’s Lion rampant. And it was just as well Haskins came on strong as the game progressed. In the first couple of minutes of this contest a real howler from the player almost put Malton in for a score.
Malton and Norton arrived at Percy Park fresh from a convincing away victory over Consett. Their confidence was high and as a consequence Park started the game deep in their 22. When we did break out Will Haskins fell over one of his own player’s feet and in doing so threw out something that might have resembled a pass. Christmas came early. Malton accepted the gift and they were off. It was only a lung bursting effort from Captain Jonny Dubois who was able to chase back and ensure that the ball was held up over the line. Fortunately that was as bad as it got for Haskins for after that mistake he produce a sublime performance that had Malton chasing the game.