Percy surrender nine point lead to Huddersfield
Huddersfield 15Percy Park RFC 14Percy Park went down to a narrow one point defeat at Huddersfield on Saturday, but this was a game they felt they should have won after leading 5-14 at one stage.
The conditions for this game were difficult and with a strong swirling wind going across the pitch it was not certain who had the advantage.
There wasn’t much between the sides in the early exchanges, but after 18 minutes Huddersfield made the breakthrough when their No 7 burst through to score. The try was unconverted and it was to be the only score of the first half as the home side went in 5-0 in front.
Park made a positive start to the second half and Josh Hedley went over but was held up. He crossed the line again, this time the referee awarding a penalty try, and the visitors were 5-7 to the good.
Percy began to turn the screw, playing with real energy, and from a scrummage and a period of sustained pressure, Sean Williamson got the crucial touchdown, the conversion was good despite the wind, and Park were 5-14 in front.
The Huddersfield coach started bellowing instructions from the sidelines, and it had the desired effect. They kept the ball and Percy were starved of possession.
They worked their way up the pitch and from a catch and drive they forced their way over for a score. The conversion came back off the posts but the home side were back in contention at 10-14.
Buoyed by the score, Huddersfield upped the tempo again and Park had to ring the changes in an attempt to stem the tide.
As the game entered the final stages Percy just couldn’t get their hands on the ball and with the clock ticking down they found themselves at the wrong endd of the pitch.
Huddersfield were camped on the Percy line and as the visitors did everything to try and defend, the home pack threw everything at them in search of the win.
Williamson was then shown a yellow, but Huddersfield were not to be denied and they went over for a last minute score, which was converted with the last kick to give them victory by the narrowest of margins.