Plenty of effort, but Brods second best

Percy Park v Brods''Andy Clay
Percy Park v Brods''Andy Clay

BRODS returned home disappointed with their performance against one of the top sides in North One East.

Percy Park produced a good all round display, dominating possession from lineout and scrum, and although there was no lack of effort Brods came out second best in most departments on the day.

The pattern was set in the opening minutes when Danny Wood’s kick-off put Brods in a good position.

However, two consecutive lineout losses found them defending their own line and conceding a penalty directly in front of their own posts.

Surprisingly, Thomas Turnbull missed the easy three points and it was Brods who were awarded a much more difficult goal opportunity and Wood stepped up to give them an early lead.

Although Brods were struggling for possession when they did have ball in hand they looked dangerous with the pace of Adam Standeven and Matt Hoyle giving the home side problems.

After 20 minutes, Park were piling on the pressure and although Brods were defending well, they were driven off the ball from a five metre scrum and over their own line with tight head Alan Blakey claiming the try.

Turnbull converted and the 7-3 scoreline remained until the third minute of injury time when, after a further period of Park pressure, Marcus Rutter combined well with Ashley Smith for Smith to touchdown.

Turnbull converted and play restarted with Park immediately running the ball to the left and speedy winger Jonny Ward scored in the corner for a 19-3 interval lead.

Coach Ian Armitage gave his side a roasting at half time and Brods reacted positively.

However, Park extended their lead by three points after five minutes.

Brods’ scrummaging improved and they had a fair share of the possession but all too often the final pass or kick was inaccurate and it was the home side who extended the lead to 29-3 after 15 minutes of the second half.

With Aaron Fowler in the sin bin Brods’ efforts had to be increased and they pressed again but without reward and from a scrum and forward drive scrum half Ollie Gilmore stretched the lead to 34-3.

Substitutions saw Andy Clay, Richard Holbrough and Gareth Taylor enter the fray and with a change in tempo to the game Brods gained a fine try by Adam Standeven to make it 34-10 with five minutes to go.

However, Park reaffirmed their superiority with a further two converted tries in the closing minutes and Brods need a home win next week against third placed Middlesbrough.