Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Park Power into Last Four

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Park Power into Last Four

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Percy Park U-17.15

Trafford MV...........7

Percy Park powered their way into the semi-finals of the National Club Championships with a convincing quarter-final triumph over Manchester's Trafford MV.

In a game postponed from the previous week, the winners of the Cheshire/Lancashire group arrived on Tyneside with a reputation for solid defence.

The visitors were certainly that, but they were also somewhat one-dimensional in attack, relying heavily on a kick-and-chase style supported by the Howitzer-like boot of their fly half which would have done justice to any senior player.

In contrast Park were far more fluent, organised, and enterprising, showing superior handling skills and support play which fully justified their eventual victory with almost total domination of the second half.

The game started with both sides seeking territory and weaknesses in the opposition, and it did not take long before Park became aware of the opposition tactics and kicking ability of their fly half as he cannoned a clearance kick from midfield way over the heads of the covering defence, making a good 50 metres downfield. …

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