Percy left feeling frustrated at draw

West Hartlepool 19-19 Percy Park

Tuesday, 19th September 2017, 3:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th September 2017, 3:20 pm

Percy Park gained a draw at West Hartlepool on Saturday, but this was a match with a dramatic finale in which both sides could have won and lost the fixture.

With the teams level at 19-all, two match-saving tackles were made by the away side.

But West were then awarded a last gasp penalty, in a kickable position, but Painter was unable to take advantage of the situation.

Earlier, West had taken an early lead through Hilditch.

Park were camped in their own 22, but Toby Davison broke out, galloped the length of the fieold and touched down to level the scores.

Painter kicked the home side back in front with a penalty, and Park were further punished when Andy McGrath was shown a yellow card.

The decision galvanised Park, but West managed to add a further try which was unconverted, before Park managed to snatch another score in first half stoppage time, with Michael Langlands powering for a try beneath the posts.

The visitors had the wind at their backs in the second half, but the game developed into a scrappy and frustrating affair.

Park had a lot of the territory but West appeared to have much of the ball and another penalty saw the home side go 16-12 in front.

As time was running out Park took to brute force and through a series of strong carries from the forwards enabled a kick to the corner with Phil Morse ending the move with fleet of foot and a short scamper across the line. With Michael Grove converting Park had the lead.

With five minutes left on the clock the Park support felt they had enough to hold on for the victory.

But West were then awarded a controversiaol penalty in front of the posts - the referee said later it was for dissent - and Painter gratefully accepted the points to level the game up at 19-19.

This then set up a dramatic final few minutes as the clock ran down. West pressed for the winning points but Painter’s boot failed him at the death and Park left with a draw.