Lions go for the kill over Gateshead

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PERCY Park Lions maintained second spot in Candy 1, behind Tynedale Raiders, with an emphatic win over struggling Gateshead II, who are still without a league win.

Park opened proceedings with a try by George Purdy, who steered a driving maul over the line for the touchdown, which Simon Greetham converted from a tricky angle.

A carbon copy try by Aaron Smith, back from university, followed minutes later as Park went into a 14-0 with less than ten minutes on the clock.

In the first half the Lions were scoring at over a point a minute when Harry Thorpe crossed the line, and to make the conversion easier ran in under the posts. Untypically, Greetham hit the post.

George Lewis, back from a two week layoff, came into the side at fly half for the unavailable Thomas Turnbull, and scored a fine individual try cutting through a gap in the Gateshead midfield. The conversion from Simon Greetham gave Park a 26-0 lead, and the Fell team looked demoralised already.

Veteran prop Purdy scored his second try of the game, as Thorpe and Lewis also bagged their second tries before half time to lead 45-0 at the interval.

In the second period, coach Jobson urged his players to run through some of the training ground moves, but the side lost a bit of focus, and over ten minutes had passed in the second half before Andrew Clyde powered over for a try which was converted to take Park into the fifties.

Park made some changes with Matty Atkinson, also back from university coming on for the injured Purdy, and Phil Morse had a spell in the back row, snaffling a couple of loose balls at the tail of the lineout. Paul Spowart also came on for the injured Lewis.

As Gateshead ran out of steam at the end the Lions ran in three tries through scrum half Olly Gilmore, Morse and Greetham.

Next week the Lions take on Westoe II at South Shields, before the Rockcliff derby on Boxing Day, which this year will see Park field a Development XV incorporating many of the Lions players and one or two players coming back from long term injuries.