Last minute conversion miss denies Percy Park a draw

Percy Park's Ali Blair breaks through Bradford defence. Picture by Stu Robertson
Percy Park's Ali Blair breaks through Bradford defence. Picture by Stu Robertson

It was a case of history repeating itself as Percy Park had a chance to draw at Waggon Lane with a last second conversion, but sadly the visitors could only come away with a losing bonus point.

Once again late changes to the pack saw Jonnies Kidd and Dubois replace Joe Wafer and Andy Dunn, both out injured, but Ben Bell returned to the back row.

In the back line Toby Davison returned to full-back and George Lewis was back in the squad in starting on the bench.

Park opened the scoring on nine minutes when Ali Blair broke through the Bees defence for a try converted by Ash Smith.

The Bingley-based outfit had most of the first half possession and scored on 26 minutes with an unconverted try by Shaun Driver.

Just before the interval Smith slotted a penalty for a 10-5 lead after the Bees were punished for a high tackle.

In the second half the home side levelled as back rower Tom Cokell went over, but again the conversion missed the target.

With the game heading for a draw, the Bees must have thought Christmas had come early after a loose back pass in the Park in-goal area to no one in particular was dabbed down by centre Adam Mitchell under the posts for the easiest seven points the West Yorkshire side will score this season.

Park never gave up and cue comedy moment of the game as the referee awarded them a try as the ball crossed the five-metre line. Realising the mistake the visitors were awarded a scrum from which scrum-half John Scott picked up and darted for the line, but it was number 8 Sean Williamson that got the all important touch down under a pile of bodies.

With the scores at 17 -15, the conversion would have drawn the sides level, but from an acute angle the ball went wide of the mark, and the Bees took the spoils.

Next week Park take on table toppers Dinnington for what is believed is their first visit to Preston Avenue.

Percy Park Lions 55

Morpeth Reivers 7

UBS Candy League One

Bucking the trend of diminishing team numbers, Percy Park had three senior sides at home, with the Lions taking on the Reivers in Candy one.

Park set off at a quick pace and scored three early tries inside the first eight minutes as the visitors had no answer to their passing and offload game.

All in all Park’s second XV scored eight tries with club captain Michael Langlands, back from a foot injury, scoring twice in a cameo appearance in the last 20 minutes.

The try of the game, however, came from Dan Chambers on Park’s left flank.

The ball was spun through several pairs of hands as Park attacked from their own half. A loose final pass to the rangy winger was volleyed on the full and using his pace Chambers outstripped his opposite number to retrieve the ball after one bounce to dive over for the try.

Next Saturday the Lions are away to Billingham.

Percy Park Pumas 12

Medicals II 33

Northumberland River Aln League

The students had too much pace for the Pumas as Park’s 3rd XV relinquished top spot in the league.

And on the adjacent pitch the Marauders lost to Medical Serpents by a single late score.