Frustration as Percy Park lose away to Driffield

Driffield 26Percy Park RFC 6Frustration was the order of the day as Percy Park went down to a 20-point defeat on the road at Driffield on Saturday.

Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 6:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 11:45 am
Action from Saturday's game.
Action from Saturday's game.

Their game fell apart in the second half, and after taking an early 0-6 lead it was understandable that players and officials were more than a little disappointed at the final whistle.

The first points on the board came from a good penalty strike as the Driffield ‘6’ was penalised for not rolling away.

The second came from a mazy run from Jack Peters that put the visiting team in the right area of the pitch. Offside was awarded and another penalty saw an early advantage for the visitors.

A ‘rush of blood’ from the black & whites saw Driffield hit back with a try, unconverted, for 5-6.

The home side were then awarded a penalty from distance, but the kicker had the legs and suddenly they were in front at 8-6.

Another penalty put the hosts 11-6 up and further pain was inflicted on Park when yet another penalty was awarded and duly dispatched for 14-6.

The game was starting to slip from the visitors’ grasp, and changes were made to try and inject new life into the side.

But Driffield were in the ascendancy and only a fine covering tackle from Grove prevented another score.

With 15 minutes to go Percy were awarded a scrum, but instead of kicking they went back to the scrum.

Nothing came from the move and just a few minutes later Reece was yellow carded.

With the extra man Driffield took full advantage of the situation, a try was scored, and converted, and Park knew the game was beyond them at 21-6.

Reece returned to the fray in the final minutes, but by this stage they were only playing for some pride.

However, a robust tackle knocked the ball from Michael Birketts’ hand and that loose ball was seized upon by their No 8. He passed the ball, went for the return and flipped a pass to his wing who ran down the field to score. The missed conversion was kicked for the final action of the game and a 26-6 scoreline.