North One East
West Leeds 52- Percy Park
Percy Park Blues at Blue Hill Lane
On Saturday 8th October Percy Park travelled to Blue Hill Lane the home of West Leeds RUFC for an eagerly awaited first senior fixture between the two sides. With West Leeds showing impressive form in the League, Percy Park knew they were in for a tough test. However they too were confident in their own form and arrived with the strong belief that a result could be achieved. And the game started well for the away side. The Park forwards were dominant in the set piece with the ‘West’ scrum going backwards. The forwards were also dominant in ‘the loose’ punching holes in the Leeds defence creating forward ball for the Park backs to work with. With the Park defence snuffing out any real possession ‘West’ had the signs were there that this was going to be our day. A thought reflected by a very partisan Leeds crowd who were heard to say ‘Crikey we are going to have to up our game today these lads are good’.
Yet it was ‘West’ who drew first blood when Park were penalised almost on the half way line for not releasing in the tackle and the resulting wind assisted free kick at goal crossed the bar to earn the three points. From the restart Park retained the ball and normal service resumed and after a period of impressive ball retention, which had the Leeds team scrambling back toward their line, ‘West’ were penalised for a high tackle. With the wind against him Parks Phil Morse opted to kick for the corner. With ‘line out’ ball secured an impressive catch and drive saw lock Karl Thompson peel off , break through three attempted tackles to power over the West Leeds line. Placing the ball near to the posts to enable a comfortable conversion for Phil Morse.