Percy Park win battle of the Lions against Billingham

Phil Morse on his way to scoring Percy Park Lions' try against Billingham Lions.
Phil Morse on his way to scoring Percy Park Lions' try against Billingham Lions.

Percy Park Lions made it three wins in a row as they avenged an early season defeat at Billingham.

Park’s second XV had the opportunity to play in front of a larger than normal crowd as the first XV’s game was called off by Ilkley as they felt the pitch was frozen in places and too dangerous. It has been rescheduled for January 24.

Both second XVs warmed up on the pitch and decided that the conditions were fine.

Percy Park opened the scoring with a penalty kicked by Paul Spowart in an evenly matched contest.

Surprisingly Billingham had the upper hand in the scrummages with a much larger front row, but they were not their usual threat in the back division, with several unforced errors accounting for a somewhat stop-start game.

A fine individual try by fly-half Phil Morse took Park further ahead and with the conversion the lead was 10-0.

A further Spowart penalty gave the home side a 13-0 half-time lead.

Several changes in the second period saw both Morse and Spowart replaced, leaving Park without a goal kicker, so a couple of kickable penalty chances were spurned.

Billingham hit back with a converted try midway through the second half, but Park held out for a narrow win and Billingham travelled back down the A19 with a losing bonus point.