Percy Park Under-13s put in one of one of their most complete performances of the season to secure the Northumberland County Plate with a convincing 52-5 win against Novos at Druids Park, Gosforth.
After soaking up five minutes of early pressure from Novos forwards, a powerful driving break from outside centre George Grainger set-up a breakdown from which captain for the day Finlay Forster was able to run at the Novos defence for the first try. Scrum-half Tom Robertson converted the effort.
From the kick-off Park again defended several strong phases of play before full-back Aiden Lydall intercepted a loose ball and ran three-quarters of the length of the pitch to get the second try. Robertson again converting to double Park’s lead inside the first ten minutes.
Almost from the kick-off, Jamie Guthrie helped assert Park’s increasing confidence with a strong run through Novos’ forward line before passing out to winger Daniel Hennessey whose run was stopped just ten metres short of the line. Fortunately the ever present No. 8 Joe Darwent was on hand to secure the ball from the breakdown and make the final run over for try number three, which Robertson converted from a difficult angle.
A few minutes later Hennessey found himself with a mirror image of his previous run but this time there was no stopping him has he powered through to score Park’s fourth try in the corner.
But there was still time for one more before half-time.
A strong run down the wing by Aiden Lydall resulted in a high tackle and a penalty 20 metres from the line. Prop Marcus Ball took it on and charged through the Novos defence. A fourth conversion from five attempts by Robertson saw Park take a 33-0 lead into the break.
Novos bounced back well in the early part of the second half and scored a try of their own following a period of heavy pressure, during which Park’s discipline let them down and they gave away a whole series of penalties.
But Hennessy killed any thoughts of a Novos comeback moments later with another strong run down the wing which was duly converted by Robertson.
Five minutes later Hennessey completed his hat-trick following a excellent passing move along Park’s backline, and Robertson completed an excellent kicking display with figures of six from seven.
George Grainger almost added to the score with a driving run through Novos’ defence only to be caught ten metres from the line. He then picked the ball up from the resulting scrum and drove over only for the try to be disallowed due to a scrum infringement.
Keeping the pressure on though, a few minutes later Darwent took the score beyond 50 with his second try of the match in the corner, leaving the final score 52-5.