West 23 Percy Park 10

By El Pedro - December 6 2015
West 23 Percy Park 10 A superb second half performance into the teeth of the wind of Storm Desmond secured the four points against an ultimately frustrated Percy Park side.

Playing with the elements in the first half we opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a Gav Painter penalty which sailed over from almost half way. However, Percy Park followed it straight up with a penalty kick to touch inside our 22 and well executed catch and drive for a try by number eight Michael Langlands.

Our tactics playing with the wind were hampered by difficulties in the lineout. It wasn’t until deep in the second half that we secured our first ball on our own throw thanks to a combination of the wind and giant Park second row Josh Hedley jumping at the front of the visitor’s line. Several times Gav Painter kicked well to the corner from penalties but we couldn’t come up with the resulting lineout ball.

We did retake the lead with another long range penalty after 28 minutes, Painter somehow still striking the ball well despite Peter Youll battling to keep it on the kicking tee. Two minutes later he wasn’t so lucky as, from almost the same spot, the ball again bobbled around on the tee and was on the ground by the time Painter’s boot reached it and it skewed well off target.

With Park a man down thanks to a yellow card we snatched an important second try just 3 minutes from the break. The ball squirted loose from a ruck inside the visitors 22 and Ryan Painter was on hand to dart through a gap and go in untouched. Brother Gav added the conversion for a 13-5 half-time lead.

Given our struggles in the lineout and the proficiency of the Park rolling maul and scrum it looked like the 8 point deficit would be one they could overcome playing with the elements. Things were made even harder when we lost Sam Miller to the sin-bin just a few minutes in to the half. However, what followed would set the tone for the rest of the game. Starting in our own half we spent a good five minutes retaining possession, going through the phases and slowly making our way up-field. The ball was eventually lost close to the Park line but it was an excellent demonstration of control and the tactics we needed to employ for the rest of the half.

Our discipline was much improved too with few opportunities for Park to kick deep into the corners. They did double their score on the hour though thank to a slightly fortuitous try. A scrum close to our own line was questionably judged to have turned through 90 degrees and the put in given to the visitors. They made several surges for the line before a scuffle broke out and with several players tied in fly-half Paul Spowart strolled over for the try. The conversion slid wide leaving Park still three points adrift.

We responded quickly with Sam Miller starting an attack from inside our own half and setting Joe Willis away up the right wing. The young winger made good ground to half way before a surge from Chris Atkins rocked the Park defence. Stu Waites popped up at fly-half and spotted a gap in the defensive line which he slipped through before feeding Greg Edwards to complete an excellent team try with the best passage of play of the afternoon.

It was a crushing blow for the visitors who had just hauled themselves back in the game and it proved to be too much to come back from. We continued to hold on to the ball and limit Park’s opportunities with resolute defence. Jack Angus completed the scoring and made the game safe with 8 minutes to play when he battled his way over from close range.

A disciplined and hard-working second-half display reaped its rewards and we were well deserving of the win to hold on to our third place in North One East.


West: Stu Waites, Joe Willis, Greg Edwards, Peter Youll, Scott Butcher, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Ross Wood Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Joe Rafferty, Chris Atkins, Liam Bailey, Dan Boatman (captain), Sam Miller
Changes: John Bunter, Matty Crowe, Jack Angus.

Tries: Ryan Painter, Greg Edwards, Jack Angus
Cons: Gavin Painter 2
Pens: Gavin Painter 2
YC: Sam Miller, Ryan Painter

Percy Park: Jonny Dubois,, Kieran Sutherland, Guido Danil, Ricki Hasnip, Leo Caulfield, Paul Spowart, Jimmy Baldwin, Marc Cooke, Andy Dunn (c), George Purdy,       Josh Hedley, Austin Phillips, Chris Reekie, Ethan Wilson, Michael Langlands.
Changes: Michael Birkett, Ollie Gilmore

Tries: Michael Langlands, Paul Spowart
YC: Josh Hedley

Referee: Lewis Harrison [Durham]

West 23 Percy Park 10
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
06/12/2015 10:10
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Re: West 23 Percy Park 10
old shepherd (IP Logged)
07/12/2015 07:39
Great second half performance lads. Keep it up 😊

Re: West 23 Percy Park 10
07/12/2015 09:31
Fantastic effort considering how our scrums and line outs were not our strong points on the day.

Re: West 23 Percy Park 10
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
07/12/2015 14:19
Video added to El Pedro's report

Re: West 23 Percy Park 10
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
07/12/2015 15:59
That was a brilliant team performance against a side which appeared to wonder what it could do to combat it in the second half.
On that form, we'll stay where we are near the top and possibly even improve on it, though Phoenix and Morley appear to be running away with things.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/12/2015 16:01 by Rozzy 1.

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