Park lose unbeaten record by a single point

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PERCY Park’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a one point defeat at Waterloo.

Park had more of the play than their Merseyside hosts, but could not turn the possession into points.

Trailing 17-3 at half-time, Percy Park came back into the game with substitutes Ali Blair and debutant Stu Wilson scoring second half tries.

Ash Smith continued his rich vein of form with a try, penalty and three conversions.

However, it was all too late as the home side held on for a 25-24 win.

PERCY PARK RFC LIONS 26
TYNEDALE RAIDERS 56

THE scoreline suggests a bad day at the office for the Lions, but the truth is, for the most part, they were in the game until the last 15 minutes.

Tynedale got off to a quick start and through some sloppy tackling and suspicions of obstruction they led 14-0 within a few minutes.

Park hit back, rumbling over with tries by Mal Donald and Joe Wilkinson to come back to 14-12.

But the Raiders are a well drilled unit, and exploited the slightest weakness or error in officiating.

Park never got the rub of the green with the 50/50 decisions, but there were some good performances, particularly from Hamish Lockwood, George Lewis and James Bird, who will all be staking their claim for first XV shirts in the weeks to come.

Second half tries by George Lewis, and a belter from Liam Blackburn gave the Lions a losing bonus point, although on this form it looks as though the Raiders will be claiming another Candy division one title come the season’s end.

PERCY PARK RFC PUMAS 88
WALLSEND RFC WARRIORS 10

THE Pumas were far too strong for Wallsend’s second team, and opened the scoring with only a minute on the clock.

At half-time the Pumas led 57-0. There were good performances from several of the young guns including George Carr Junior and not so young gun Craig Bartle, who scored a spectacular try for Wallsend when he offered his services to the visitors in the second half when they had lost a couple of players to injury.

Pick of the forwards was Chris Dunn, who if he was match fit, would without doubt be pushing younger brother Andy for his first XV spot.