Percy Park 32 West 6

By Dave Picken - January 5 2013
Percy Park 32 West 6
Pinchen - Storming Game The final score did not reflect it,  but this was a wholehearted and highly encouraging performance by one of the youngest sides the club has fielded. The difference was that Percy Park’s talented back line were able to take their chances, while we spurned  those that came our way when we had the best of the first and final quarters ....

Both sides were missing regulars in the pack, but Park were able to field their first choice back division with the return of talented scrum half and skipper John Scott and with Michael Stephenson  – the former Falcons, Bath and England winger  - orchestrating things from full back.

With both Anth Carr and Adam Coates missing Ian Pinchen was at loosehead and Ross Wood at tighthead -  both looked comfortable with “Pinhead” our standout ball carrier.

Nathan Myers didn’t look out of place in the second row while 17 year old Sam Miller continues to impress – despite a yellow card – and the Boatmans were back to their dynamic best.

 Replacement forwards Jay Corbett and Alex Barker saw plenty of action in a pack where Andrew Dixon admitted he felt very much the senior figure.

“To be honest I really enjoyed the game,” he said. “All of the lads put in a real effort and the speed at which the younger lads are learning is really impressive. We need to improve our decision making, get a win and then I think we can really pick things up.”

Against the fourth top side, who have only been beaten at home once in the past 12 months, we certainly started off not showing any fear. It took Percy Park 20 minutes to get into our 22 by which time Stu Waites had put us ahead with a penalty after seven minutes, and we had gone close on both wings.

First Tom Armstrong was foiled as a Waites crosskick just went dead, and then Peter Youll’s gallop down the right wing was thwarted by a Stephen son tackle.

Waites missed another pen before Armstrong went off with a shoulder injury to be replaced by Paul Moss in the centre with Greg Edwards going on the wing.

Sadly, we couldn’t make our territorial advantage provide anything more than that three point lead, and when they did eventually make it upfield Park’s class showed.  Winger Liam Blackburn exploiting a couple of missed tackles to go in at the left corner followed by a superb touchline conversion from fly half Ash Smith.

Sam Miller was yellow carded just before the break as referee Mick Harris clamped down on repeated offences on the floor by both sides.

Park took the opportunity to take the ball against the head in front of our posts, and our cover was missing as the ball went left and Ash Smith went over and also added the conversion.

There was time for Waites to get another penalty to make it 14-6 at the break.

Smith scored a penalty just after the restart before Park flanker Jack Davidson went the same way as Miller for a similar offince. Unfortunately Waites’ kick was just wide.

Park increased their lead with another pen after 50 minutes and then scored straight from the restart when we went for a short grubber kick which bounced unkindly for both Waites and Moss. Centre Adam Morton was the ma n to benefit as the home three quarters pounced on the loose ball.

All of a sudden it was 25-6, and after all of the effort you might have expected the young West side to fold.

Iinstead they came back in the last 20 minutes and had the home side defending out of their skins at times.

On the hour mark we had two glorious chances to score. First Jonny Boatman almost got over the line when he had Youll free outside him, and then Pinchen did the same as play switched to the other wing.

Ryan Painter had several goes and was held up just a yard short, but inevitablyPark were awarded a penalty for holding on and were able to relieve the pressure.

Their final try was another strange efforts from insider their own half. A grubber kick from inside managed to elude a host of West players and bounce kindly for several Park backs as they raced up the right, with winger James Bird just managing to beat a despairing Peter Youll to the touchdown.

Those two “gift” tries certainly gave the scoreline a different complexion although we could, and perhaps should, have earned a deserved consolation try in the final minutes when Jonny Boatman again popped up at outside centre.

This time he did feed Peter Youll who went over only for a very capable Mr Harris to make a close call of a forward pass. He told the politely enquiring West players to "ask the touch judge then” who promptly said it hadn’t been forward. 

Unfortunate as the lads deserved at least one try for their efforts against a very good Percy Park side who gave us a lesson in finishing.

Percy Park: Michael Stephenson, Liam Blackburn, Ali Blair, Adam Morton, James Bird, Ashley Smith, John Scott, Michael  Birkett, John Dubois, George Purdy, Josh Headley, Michael Langlands, Ben Bell, Jack Davidson, Hamish Lockwood. Reps: Joe Wilkinson, Louis Frankland , Jim Baldwin.

Tries: Blackburmn, Smith, Morton, Bird.

Cons:  Smith [3] Pens: Smith [2]

West: Colin Cheslin, Peter Youll, Andrew Foreman, Greg Edwards, Tom Armstrong, Stu Waites, Ryan Painter, Ian Pinchen, Andrew Dixon, Ross Wood, Nathan Myers, Michael Hogan, Sam Miller, Dan Boatman [capt], Jon Boatman. Reps: Paul Moss, Alex Barker, Jay Corbett.

Pens: Waites [2]

Percy Park 32 West 6
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
05/01/2013 18:51
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Re: Percy Park 32 West 6
West Watcher (IP Logged)
05/01/2013 20:32
Encouraging to see the team sticking to the task and putting in such a good performance. Well done

Re: Percy Park 32 West 6
08/01/2013 10:45
Reading the various match reports it looks like we gave a very good account of ourselves last weekend.
Let's build on that and get some decent results in the next few weeks and then push on from there.
Get yourselves our training lads lots to fight for.

Re: Percy Park 32 West 6
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
08/01/2013 12:03
yes thats very positive>>>only a 32-6 defeat>>

Re: Percy Park 32 West 6
stan in leeds (IP Logged)
08/01/2013 12:22

West Hartlepool took the Boxing Day Derby honours but Hartlepool Rovers can take heart and a lot of positives from the game.

There was a time when you used to be witty.

Re: Percy Park 32 West 6
Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
08/01/2013 13:01
They are deluded and get back to work Stan!!

Re: Percy Park 32 West 6
Smashy (IP Logged)
08/01/2013 14:02
I think the Rovers front row had a fantastic Boxing Day.

Re: Percy Park 32 West 6
Chocky's Butler (IP Logged)
08/01/2013 14:37
Did they get many winners at Sedgefield then?

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