Percy fail to win it for coach in his last game
Percy Park RFC 12Malton & Norton 26For Coach Lawrence Patton his last game in charge of the ‘black and whites’ was a dispiriting showing, especially as the home side had plenty of opportunities to get something from this game.
All the early work and pressure came from Percy Park who camped in Malton and Norton’s 22, but an easy missed penalty from Ash Smith knocked their confidence.
Prop Andrew Steinburg then dislocated his knee and at this stage it appeared as if the rugby gods were lining up against the Tyneside team.
This was emphasised all the more when Malton and Norton then scored on their first foray into the home side’s 22, the conversion making it 0-7.
Malton dominated in the scrum and a further converted score took them 0-14 in front as they started to gain control.
But t he visitors were then reduced to 14 after a yellow card was brandished by the referee. Park went to the line and on the catch and drive put 14 players in to shove Ash Smith over. The kick was good, making it 7-14 at half-time.
Percy Park began the second half well but a scrum allowed Malton a rumble to the line with Featherstone going over for a try. The conversion was taken and the visitors were 7-21 to the good.
Malton were then awarded a penalty, but they went back to the scrum, and pushed over for another score, putting them 7-26 in front.
At every opportunity Malton went to the scrum, which given their success rate from it was not surprising.
As a consequence Park changed tactic with Michael Langlands taking the loose head prop berth, with Sean Williamson in ‘the row’ and suddenly they looked a bit more solid.
With the ‘clock on red’ Percy Park went to the ‘catch and drive’ with some aplomb taking Norton deep into their 22.
With the drive brought to a halt the ball was pinged out and through the hands, with Mattie Boustead the recipient and made his way over for a try. The conversion was missed, giving a final score of 12-26.