Didsbury Toc H 12 V 20 Park
Close encounter at Didsbury
Park maintained there unbeaten run in awful playing conditions away at Didsbury.
This was a hard fought game and it was clear that the Didsbury results so far this season and position in the league does not truly reflect the ability of the side. It is a tight league and a number of sides possess the ability to take points off those at the top end of the league and Didsbury came close to achieving this at the weekend.
Both sides had periods of dominance in the game and there was little difference between the sides with Winnington adapting slightly better to the playing conditions.
Winnington started the game a little subdued and once again waited until the opposition had opened the scoring before starting to exert any authority on the game. Didsbury scored a well worked try in the corner after 15 minutes.
Park responded well and began to take control in both the scrum and line out.
Cam Flanagan kicked a penalty after 30 minutes to make it 5- 3 with Park putting Didsbury under constant pressure.
On 37 minutes Alex Glendinning scored a try resulting from a driving maul from a line out on the opposition 22.Cam Flanagan converted to make the half time score 5 – 10 to park
Parks back row was once again outstanding. They were excellent at the breakdown to win plenty of turnovers and prevent Didsbury gaining any momentum in attack. However when given the opportunity to move the ball they looked dangerous and created some good scoring opportunities. The disappointment for Didsbury will be that they failed to capitalise on this and too often good moves ended through handling errors although this was in part due to the difficult conditions.
Winnington kicking game was more effective this week and was the right approach in the conditions demonstrating the pragmatic approach taken by Park this season. We have a very capable back line but must continue to play a game which suits our strengths and the conditions.
Early in the second half Park had a period of sustained pressure in the Didsbury 22.We squandered a number of scoring opportunities and some good defensive work prevented further Park scores.
Weathering the storm galvanised Didsbury and they started to put the Park defences under pressure. The conversion was converted taking putting Didsbury 12 – 10 in the lead. Didsbury continued to apply the pressure. Some resolute defence and some handling errors meant they did not make the most of the advantage they held at this stage.
Park started to get themselves back into the game. Cam Flanagan slotted a penalty to make the score 12 – 13 to Park and on the 70th minute following a period of sustained forward pressure Dave Cross crashed over to seal the victory. Cam Flanagan converted to make the score Didsbury 12 – 20 Park
The return of Captain Cross from a serious injury is a significant boost to the first team squad and it was a fitting end to his first game back in the first team that he should score the winning try.
Park saw out the final few minutes of the game to earn a hard fought victory
Coach Matt Farr said “We managed the conditions well and won the game despite not being at our best. We continue to improve but need to be more consistent and ensure we play to our potential for the whole game”
Park play Orrell at home this weekend. KO 3pm.