Comprehensive win earns Park place in final

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A comprehensive semi-final win for Percy Park sees them into the final on Easter Saturday at Morpeth where they will face Team Northumbria.

The sides took to the field on a damp dreary day with floodlights on from the kick off, and it took the visitors only three minutes to open their account as right wing George Lewis scored after a powerful run by No.8 Sean Williamson had opened the Blyth defence. Ash Smith kicked the conversion.

Park took the opportunity to introduce several of their Lions squad for a taste of 1st XV rugby, and it was Leo Caulfield who scored their second try after a break by skipper Michael Langlands.

Blyth, the current Northumberland Senior Plate holders are not having the best of a season blighted by injuries, and their woes were compounded by the resignation of their coach only eight weeks into the league season.

Park meanwhile are riding high in North 1 East and the difference in the league placing showed as the visitors went into a 21-0 lead with only 20 minutes gone, as Toby Davison scored.

Further first half scores came from Jimmy Baldwin and Michael Groves and conversions from Smith gave Park and unassailable 35-0 lead.

Jonny Dubois had started the game in the front row with regular 1st XV hooker Andy Dunn on the bench, but with Dubois turning his ankle, he had to leave the field, and it was Dunn who scored Park’s next try almost from the second half restart.

The ball went deep from the boot of Smith and was tipped by a Blyth player as it went into touch for a Park line-out. With the line out won, Dunn guided the maul across the line and touched down for the try.

Park’s penultimate score came from Ben Bell on the right side of the pitch on 47 minutes after a counter attack following a Blyth clearance kick, but the home side then kept the visitors at bay for the next 30 minutes.

It was not until the last minute of normal time that Percy Park scored their final try, as Sean Williamson was rewarded for a strong performance at the back of the scrum.

In the remaining added time, Blyth mounted a desperate attack looking for a consolation score. Their cause was helped when Park were reduced to 14 men with Dunn sin binned.

Percy Park shuffled their pack as prop George Purdy returned to the field, and the front row took a ball against the head to keep a clean sheet as the clearance kick to touch signalled the final whistle.

Next week Percy Park return to league duties with a road trip to Driffield.