Birstall RFC, on their first ever visit to Stockwood Park, must have thought that Christmas had come early as Park, having dominated possession in the second half, mainly through their excellent lineout where lock Jack Wharton was impressive and drawn level at 15 – 15, then managed to squander four clear try scoring chances to take victory and a possible extra bonus point.
For Park the game started as last week with their scrummage under early pressure and Birstall soon moved into a 3-0 lead with a penalty. However, against the run of the play Park then took the lead themselves when Centre Jason Mitchell forced his way over the line for a try following forward pressure. The visitors bounced straight back to score a try of their own to give them an 8-5 lead at half time.
In the second half Park started to build the pressure as a constant supply of ball gave them opportunities to attack. Unfortunately, a missed opportunity on one side of the pitch saw Birstall increase their lead with an interception try which they converted to lead 15-5. Park now dominated the last 30 minutes as first No 8 Michael Powell drove over for a try and then left-wing James Young followed up with another. Neither try was converted. Park continued to attack and both loose head prop Justin Harkin and scrum half Frank Daly were stopped just short. Park finished on the attack but could not secure the victory. A case of what might have been.
Next week Park travel to Bedford Queens for their next league match.
Park’s 2nd xv defeated Bedford Swifts by 38-10. Tries were scored by Bennett. Anderson (2). Standring. Peacock and Brady. Jones kicked four conversions.