Percy storm to rare away victory at Hartlepool

West Hartlepool 12Percy Park RFC 43With Storm Dennis claiming all the headlines over the weekend, it was a storming performance of their own which saw Percy Park pick up a rare away victory when they won at West Hartlepool on Saturday.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 2:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 2:30 pm
Action from Saturday's game.
Action from Saturday's game.

In a strengthening wind, Percy decided to kick with the elements in a game which was being billed as a ‘five pointer.’

They saw it as a ‘must win’ encounter, and they did not disappoint, with a solid performance in far from ideal conditions.

Mattie Boustead ran in under the posts to open the scoring, the easy conversion making it 0-7.

An Ash Smith penalty drifted just wide, but in the first period Hartlepool defended well and at the break there was still very little in it at the same 0-7 scoreline.

In the second half Park rang the changes and Sean Williamson went over for a well worked try, converted for 0-14.

West had a player yellow carded for back-chat to the referee.

Ali Blair then produced a lung-bursting run for a 0-19 lead when Jonny Dubois touched down for 0-24, Smith adding the conversion for 0-26, the black and whites were in total ascendancy.

West hit back with a try of their own, but Austin Phillips and Howard Stock graced the field and immediately had a strong impact on the game moving Park quickly up field with a flowing move which resulted in Boustead going over again, the conversion was missed but Park were 5-31 to the good.

Seb Reece then got in on the scoring act after a great steal for 5-36.

Another flowing move had West falling off the tackles and Percy Park running great lines into open spaces beyond the gain line. On this occasion Ash Smith was the beneficiary of the try. This time Smith was able to convert .5-43.

As the game approached its end West received a consolation try for their well-deserved efforts on the day. Percy Park were penalised in the scrum and failed to organise their defence. The West forwards exploited the inattention and on this occasion full back Matt Siddell notched the score with the conversion taken.