WATERLOO 25 – 24 PERCY PARK
So the unbeaten run comes to an end- just, by a single point. Park had more of the play than their Merseyside hosts, but couldn’t turn the possession into points. Trailing 17 – 3 at half time, Percy Park came back into the game with substitutes Ali Blair and debutant Stu Wilson scoring second half tries. Ash Smith continued his rich vein of form with a try, penalty and 3 conversions.
PERCY PARK LION 26 – 56 TYNEDALE RAIDERS
The score-line suggests a bad day at the office for the Lions, but the truth is, for the most part, the Lions were in the game until the last 15 minutes. Tynedale got off to a quick start and through some sloppy tackling and suspicions of obstruction led 14 – 0 in fewer minutes.
Park hit back rumbling over with tries by Mal Donald and “mighty Joe Wilkinson” to come back to 14 – 12. The Raiders are a well drilled unit, and exploited the slightest weakness or error in officiating. Park never got the rub of the green with the 50/50 decisions, but there were some good performances particularly from Hamish Lockwood, George Lewis and James Bird, who will all be staking their claim for 1st XV shirts in the weeks to come.
Second half tries by George Lewis, and a belter from Liam Blackburn gave the Lions a losing bonus point, although on this form it looks as though the Raiders will be claiming another Candy Division 1 title come the season’s end.
PERCY PARK PUMAS 88 – 10 WALLSEND WARRIORS
The Pumas were far too strong for the Wallsend’s second team, and opened the scoring with only a minute on the clock. At half time the Pumas led 57 – 0. There were good performances from several of the young guns including George Carr Junior and not so young gun Craig Bartle who scored a spectacular try for Wallsend when he offered his services to the visitors in the second half when they had lost a couple of players to injury.
Pick of the forwards was the slimed down Chris Dunn who if he trained and got himself match fit would without doubt be pushing younger brother Andy for his 1st XV spot.