15/16 1st XV. 1st XV 29 - 24 Percy Park.

1st XV won 29-24 at home against Percy Park. Match report thanks to Walter Ritchie:

On a pitch which had recovered from last week's deluge remarkably well both teams opted to play an open game and 9 tries resulted. Northern gave away a spate of penalties from the off and eventually skipper Edd Cawthorn was yellow carded. Percy Park capitalised on this and went ahead with an unconverted try but Northern responded when Harrison Clark saw a gap and sprinted over to level the score with an unconverted try. Park responded with a converted try with Northern still down to 14 men but once Edd Cawthorn returned from the bin, quick thinking from a tap penalty allowed Ed Kell to score a try that Donal Collins converted to level the scores at half time. 

Now playing down the gentle slope but into the south westerly breeze Northern soon found themselves 12 points behind when ex-Northern scrum half David Kay showed his class creating a converted try for Park and then setting up a kick and chase for their wing to claim a dubious touch down even though Paddy Fisher appeared to touch down for the home side first. This aroused the Northern side and with skipper Edd Cawthorn leading by example, Chris Ure showed good pace to score in the corner to reduce the deficit. This was quickly followed by another fine try when Harrison Clark intercepted a Park pass and sped 60 yards to score out wide and secure the bonus point. Donal Collins missed the difficult conversion but with Park visibly tiring Northern eventually capitalised and Tom Schofield scored what turned out to be the winning try which Donal Collins improved. Park, however, did not give up and Northern had to defend vigorously until the final whistle. 

A rare season’s double against our oldest rivals!  Now out of the bottom three and with no league game on Saturday the squad can prepare for our next game at bottom of the league Beverley and another double!!

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