NORTHUMBERLAND SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP QUARTER-FINAL
PERCY PARK 43 – 27 MORPETH
Percy Park and Morpeth opened up the Northumberland Senior Cup for the 2014/15 season with a cracker of a game which thoroughly entertained both partisan supporter and neutral alike. With this being the only mid-week game, the others being played on Saturday 30th August, there were a number of spectators from other Northumberland clubs who were entertained to some fast flowing rugby.
Park showed their intentions early on by running everything, but came unstuck when ball was spilled inside their 22, which was snaffled by Morpeth and wing Deven Rees raced to the line to score the opening try under the posts, an easy conversion for Karl Birch inside 2 minutes.
Park struck back 4 minutes later after an Ali Blair break found full back Toby Davidson in support for the try. Ash Smith hit the post in the conversion attempt so Morpeth were still ahead 7 – 5.
The home side looked dangerous in open play and several penalties were taken quickly to keep up the momentum in the game, but it was Morpeth who increased their lead with a Birch penalty.
On 19 minutes Park threatened on the left wing when Harry Thorpe was stopped short of the try line, the ball was quickly re-cycled right with Ali Blair denied a try by some stern defence, but the offload found Andy Dunn in support to go over for the score which Ash Smith converted to put the black and white in front 12 -10.