Park up to second with away win

Guy Pike goes over for Percy Park in their win against Old Crossleyans.
Guy Pike goes over for Percy Park in their win against Old Crossleyans.

Week 8 saw Percy Park on their travels through Bronte Country to Calderdale the home of Crossley and Porter Grammar School Old Boys, known as Old Crossleyans.

Old Crocs had won only one league game while Park travelled on the back of a win against league leaders Dinnington.

Both sides had made changes and in Percy Park’s case Andy Dunn was unable to travel while John Scott and Alex Tilley were out through injury. Jonny Dubois came in at hooker, Jimmy Baldwin at scrum half, and Guy Pike returned in the centre to partner Ali Blair.

The visitors kicked off with a bright sun warming their backs and were on the scoresheet early on with an Ash Smith penalty, which Crossleyans levelled on the 20 minute mark.

A minute later Pike crossed the line for Park after a strong run and off-load by Josh Hedley.

Smith kicked a further penalty, but the game was evenly balanced for the rest of the half with Park almost adding to their tally of points when Harry Watson went close.

In the second half Chris Vine kicked a penalty for the home team as both sides played out a somewhat scruffy performance with errors on both sides.

With less than 10 minutes of the game remaining Crocs scrum half Vine scored in the left hand corner after a period of concerted pressure from the home side, his conversion kick to equalize was pushed wide of the right hand post.

Although Park looked dangerous when the ball was spun wide, they seemed reluctant or unable to capitalise on this. The visitors did however take the game away from the West Yorkshire side as Ben Bell scurried over the line on 76 minutes for a try hotly disputed by the Old Crossleyans coaching staff.

Smith maintained his 100 per cent record with the conversion which took Park into a 20-11 lead.

From the kick off, Park were guilty of ball watching as Crossleyans retrieved the ball and mounted an assault on the Percy line. The Park defence was solid and kept the home side out.

Although an away win is always welcome, the players demeanour after the match clearly showed their own disappointment at their performance as they remained on the pitch for some time after the final whistle, keeping the head groundsman waiting to lock up.

The four points takes Park up to second in the league, and next week they play host to Northern FC at Preston Avenue.