Park run riot over league newboys

Percy Park's Ash Smith breaks through a gap against Horden.
Percy Park's Ash Smith breaks through a gap against Horden.

Percy Park ran in four tries in each half to earn a bonus point win at the expense of league newcomers Horden.

The visitors were champions of Durham & Northumberland 1 last season but are finding the stop up to level 6 difficult and prop up the table having lost several players in the close season.

Park were on the scoreboard inside four minutes when after a couple of phases of play Ash Smith carved his way through the Horden defence and offloaded to Ali Blair who stepped full back David Heckles to score under the posts.

The visitors hit back through a Heckles penalty.

Within three minutes Blair had scored his second once again stepping the flat footed defence. A minute later the visitors struck back with a try on the right wing as Cameron Stables rounded his opposite number to score in the corner. The conversion was missed and the score remained 14-8.

In a counter attack Alex Tilley charged up the left wing taking two defenders to stop him in the Horden 22. The ball was recycled and Smith crossed the line for the first of his three tries in the game, also notching a personal tally of 30 points.

Park lost Guy Pike to injury so Martin Shaw moved into the centre. The veteran was soon into his stride and scored a well earned try after starting a move and setting Ali Blair away up the pitch. The centre pairing combined again as a well timed offload found Shawsy in space to score under the posts to ease the conversion by Smith.

The hosts stretched their lead with a penalty, but just before the break Horden capitalised on some loose line out ball in the Park 22. The ball was shipped back across the Park try line and a knock on allowed Horden to play the advantage and touch down.

It took the hosts ten minutes into the second period to add to the score with Smith on hand for try number 2.

Ben Bell then scored a try of his own finishing off several phases of play for a 43-15 lead.

Although Horden always looked committed to the cause there were gaps in their defence which were exploited and Smith exploited and after Park looked to have been in command of a catch and drive.

The home side were in command at 48-15 with 15 minutes to go. Horden dug deep and kept Park out for 10 minutes before Bell crossed for his second try.

Next week Park travel to Alnwick.

Candy League Division 1

Horden II 19

Percy Park Lions 65

A youthful Lions squad travelled to Horden and came away with a bonus point league win. The team have a home league tie next Saturday as they take on Alnwick II.

Percy Park Penguins 45

Harlequin Amateurs 28

Percy Park’s veteran side took on Harlequin Amateurs who were on tour for the weekend. Many of the Park side were 1st XV players of yester-year and played on the adjacent pitch to the Academy who will hope to be 1st teamers of the future. They took on Wigton and won 24 – 15.