A win, but Jekyll and Hyde show by Percy Park
Percy Park RFC 32Huddersfield YMCA 22Percy Park turned in a decent performance to beat Huddersfield YMCA at home on Saturday, but it was display which still left room for improvement.
At the end of this game the supporters would have left Preston Avenue with mixed feelings. In broken play Park were deadly, exciting to watch. In the tight and at the set piece they were, at times, awful. The scrummage was a mess.
But in a Jekyll and Hyde performance they emerged triumphant, which at the end of the day was the most important factor.
It took the home side just 90 seconds to make the initial breakthrough, Ash Smith getting the score, which was converted for a 7-0 lead.
From the restart Park were quick on the offensive again and Mattie Boustead added a second score, unconverted for 12-0.
Park continued to press and when Michael Grove went over for a third score, unconverted, they suddenly found themselves 17-0 up and in the driving seat.
Huddersfield responded with a converted try for 17-7, but a Smith penalty made it 20-7.
However, the visitors added another unconverted score and a penalty when Park infringed at the scrum, which tightened it up at 20-15.
Ollie Stephenson won good ball at a line-out and found Seb Reece, who settled the home nerves when he scored with some panache to put Park 25-15 ahead.
Jake Smith then went over for a score, converted by new kicker Toby Davison, and again they had some daylight at 32-15.
With time ebbing to the whistle, the YM full back broke through to score between the posts. With watch checked the conversion became the last play of the day, making it 32-22 at the ‘stop of the clock.’
Five much needed points for the home side, yet for the neutral Huddersfield deserved more…much more.
Next week the 1st XV are on their travels to Moortown RUFC in Leeds. For those who are unable to get ‘on their bike’ down the A1, the Lions are at home to Alnwick…and that will be a good game! Kick off remains at 3pm.