PERCY Park Pumas are celebrating after winning the Northumberland No3 Cup thanks to a 12-5 win over Morpeth Edwardians.
The competitive and close encounter took place at Greenfields Alnwick in dry conditions despite a blustery wind.
Park kicked off with the wind advantage in the first half, and had the better of the early exchanges, although once Morpeth found their rhythm, they began to get the upper hand in the scrummage.
The Pumas set up an attack inside their own half and back row Adam Fidler broke loose down the left hand flank. His delicate chip through the gap set up winger Ryan Brooke to run on to who picked up the loose ball and finished well for a try in the corner, shrugging off would be tackles in the process. Stephen Baskerville went close with the conversion.
Morpeth had several attacks near the Park line, but excellent defence kept them at bay, and will half time looming they were awarded a penalty in a kickable position, and opted for the shot at goal which hit the post and bounced out.
The Edwardians had the wind advantage in the second period, and their tactic of running the ball paid off when the ball was spun wide and they scored a try in the corner through winger Simon Cox to level the scores. Again the woodwork came to the aid of Park as the conversion hit the post and stayed out.
With extra time looming, Park came close after a surging run by Chris Dunn. The Pumas captain burst through several tackles and was eventually pulled down short of the line.
Both sides used their replacements well, but when Park brought on burly Ian Bradley, (normally a No.8) in the centre, the effect was dynamic.
A good line out ball off the top was shipped out to Bradley on the crash, and he punched through the Morpeth defence. Despite the close attention of several Edwardians he continued his run and with great strength drove over the line for a try on 70 minutes which was converted by Baskerville.
Morpeth threw everything at Park, but the Pumas held on for Park’s second cup in two weeks.
Next week the Pumas play Consett II hoping for a win to secure their chance of a league and cup double.