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U16's v Alnwick

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Alnwick 0 – Percy Park 51

Percy Park made the trip up to Alnwick on Sunday for a game played in cold, blustery conditions.

As usual Park were forced to shuffle their players: in the front row Sam Worthing made a start at lose head with Aaron moving out to inside centre; Adam Sams started at hooker with Ross moving to open side and Joe Campbell moved up to second row from back row.

In the backs George Stoddart returned from injury to start at 9 and Jamie Weatherley reverted to the wing.

Playing with the wind Alnwick had the better of the initial exchanges and had Park pinned in their own 22; however Park’s dominance at the scrum and Lineout aligned with the tenacious defence of George enabled them to gain a foothold in the match.

 

Park broke the deadlock on 10 minutes when after a series of great offloads Mark, again proving his strength from close range, piled over for the try. Park’s ability to mix and match play resulted in debutant centre Aaron skipping through for a try quickly followed by his centre partner Kyle who, picking up a loose ball, counter attacked from deep for an excellent score.

Park now had the majority of possession and were using their off load game to great effect, the final try of the half came after Park took a scrum against the head quickly recycled the ball and created space for Joe to crash over in the corner.

HT Alnwick 0; Percy Park 24.

At half time Jake Smith replaced Ben Cowell in the back row and Josh Cheung came on for his first game since dislocating his collar bone. James McPeake stepped in to 10 and Ben Anderson switched to 15.  Further changes saw a new look front row of Harry, Ross and James and a new look back row of Joe, Ciaran and Jake with Marcus also taking to the field on the wing.

Park were almost immediately on the scoreboard when Ben ran on to a perfectly weighted pass from James, wrong footed the full back and ran in unopposed. Ciaran grabbed a brace including a spectacular lung busting try from deep in his own half, Joe grabbed his second but the try of the game went to Marcus. From a counter attack Park went blind and the ball was slipped to Marcus – ignoring the space he had to go outside his opposite number; he stepped inside his man then used  his pace to outstrip the remaining defence –not a bad first try for Park!

This was another tough game for Park – the score does not reflect the effort of the Alnwick players;  sadly at the last play of the game George Stoddard suffered a serious leg injury adding to a growing list of injured players . We would like to thank Alnwick for the way in which they managed the injury situation.

 

BBC Rugby


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