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Your News Percy Park 34 - Gosforth 25

This Northumberland Senior Cup tie produced seven tries and an entertaining contest on a breezy afternoon.

Gosforth got off to an excellent start, having kicked off with the wind at their backs. A very early penalty kick from fly-half Campbell flew between opposition post; this was soon followed by a try by scrum-half Ian Bruce, who pounced on a ball that squeezed out of a scrum and crashed over in the corner to make it 8 - 0 to the visitors.

A further successful penalty by Campbell meant that the visitors enjoyed a seemingly comfortable 11 - 0 "cushion"

Park's precociously talented 17 year old fly-half Ashley Wilson scored an excellent solo try, jinking through the Gosforth defence. His conversion narrowed the gap to 11 - 7

But, Gosforth, playing with confidence and style hit back, when full-back Gordon Johnston finished off a slick, skillful passing move with a try to increase their lead to 16 - 7

The half was coming to an end, when Ashley Wilson popped over a penalty against the wind to narrow Gosforth's lead to 16 - 10

Park kicked off the second half and grabbed an early, vital try, when they won a scrum against the head and Tipswood drove over for a try, which Wilson converted to give the home side a narrow 17 - 16 advantage.

Campbell kicked Gosforth back into the lead with a penalty, only for Park's fly-half Wilson to respond similarly to make it 20 - 19 with the half just 10 minutes old.

Park scored two further tries; their flanker Dixon, doing what a good open side should do, backing up a passing move, crossed for a try which Wilson converted. Winger Turnbull scored following a period of mauling, driving play by the Park forwards to give the home side an unassailable 32 -19 lead. But, Gosforth, who were exhibiting defensive and attacking skills as good as anything seen this season, hit back with an excellent try; winger Matt Steel off-loaded to replacement John Mutton, who kicked ahead and chased, outpacing the Park defence to touch down. A last gasp penalty from Wilson secured a 35 - 24 victory for the home side.

Next week, it is a short away trip to Ponteland, a return to League action on the back of two confidence building performances.

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