Percy Park 24-15 Dinnington
Percy Park produced a fine home performance that brought five precious league points and just as importantly, the opportunity to avoid relegation in the final game of the season away to Bradford.
Percy Park came flying out of the traps to challenge the kick off….and in doing so wing Kieran Sutherland clattered into the opposition leaving his opponent prostrate on the ground for several minutes.
With the Park player lucky to avoid a yellow card, the Park faithful could see that their team were up for the challenge. And Park exerted all the early pressure, threatening the Dinnington line.
The breakthrough came on the 20 minute mark whilst both sides had been reduced to 14 players. The Dinnington blindside forward was penalised for a dangerous tackle on Seb Reece to be followed by Reece receiving his marching orders for tackling in the air.
Phil Morse went over for the first score of the day.As both sides returned to 15 players the game became feisty with the referee issuing several warnings, but at half-time it remained only 5-0.
Dinnington kicked an early second half penalty for 5-3, but Percy responded with Ross Alenander going over close to the posts, the conversion making it 12-3.
Reece then went over for 17-3, but down to 14 men, Dinnington scored themselves for 17-8.
Another Reece score, converted by Grove, made it 24-8, but more importantly it was a bonus point try.
With tired bodies being replaced, Olly Gilmour took to the field and almost immediately received a yellow card for ‘dumping’ a Dinnington player in the ruck.
Back to 14 players. Dinnington started to throw caution to the wind and started to throw the ball around with abandon, getting their reward with a fine try out wide in the corner for 24-15.
From calm came tension. Thankfully Park were able to see the game through, though not without Phil Morse mistakenly believing that he was involved in the ‘last play’ of the game and putting the ball into ‘row Z’, only for the referee to award the throw in as play continued.