Wprfc 36 Glossop 25
By Brian Concannon
Park raise their game to beat promotion chasing Glossop
Wprfc 36 Glossop 25
Match report by Dave Snasdell
With a beautiful sunny day and lots of supporters at the club from both sides they were in for one of the best games of the season to date.
Glossop were pushing for promotion lying third in the league but if they won this game could have been in for the second spot.
Within the first five minutes Park pack were punching above their weight against a heavier Glossop pack. Park exerted pressure and after a number of phases Dave Cross passed out to Shaun Underdown who powered through the Glossop defence to score the opening try. The conversion was missed.
Within minutes Park were back on the score sheet with a great kick into the corner chased down back Jack Williams who collected and passed inside to Jimmy Moran to score. The kick was missed.
Glossop were awarded a penalty for a Park player not releasing after being tackled and slotted home the three points.
On the thirty minute mark Park were again on the score sheet with Shaun Underdown stealing the ball from Glossop passed quickly out to Lee Allmark to go over the line. The kick was missed.
The try was soon cancelled out the with Glossop returning straight away with a penalty that was kicked in touch near to the Park try line. Glossop won the line out and drove over the line to score their first try. The conversion was missed.
Park took their eye off the game and Glossop capitalised kicking from the half way for the winger to chase collect and score. The conversion was missed.
Glossop were not done for this half and just before the finish they had a line out which they won passed the ball along the backs to score in the opposite corner at the disappointment of the home crowd but elation for the travelling supporters who were all dressed in fancy dress as Mexicans and enjoying the spring sun.
The conversion was kicked putting Glossop winning 15 to 20.
The crowd were going to be in for a exiting second half and within minutes of the whistle tempers flared. A high tackle by Glossop's no 10 created a quick tap by Alex Glendinning to go over the line. Tempers continued with a scuffle ensuing with the referee giving the Glossop number 10 the red card.
Cameron Flanagan converted the kick for Park to go back ahead.
The players calmed down and Alex Glendining took a fantastic opportunity from the half way line sprinting with Glossop players trying to catch him but his athleticism is second to none and scored under the posts. The try was converted by Cameron Flanagan.
Jamie Hawes came on for Ryan Williams another colt coming through to the senior team.
A short time later Matt Cross was given the yellow card for tripping near the Park line. Glossop put pressure on the Park line and then passed the ball along the backs to score in the corner.The conversion was missed.
Coach Farr made some changes putting on Gary Dykes for Matt Treacy ,Archie Sanchez for Matt Cross after his 10 minutes sin bin. Further changes made as Alex Glendining came off with an injury bringing back on Matt Treacy.
Glossop continued to put pressure on Park but the home side were not going to let this lead slip. Glossop had a player given the yellow card for not releasing but the penalty kick was missed.
The icing on the cake came in the last minute of play with Jamie Hawes scoring his debut try for Park after the ball was passed along the Park backs for Hawes to see a gap and sprint through the Glossop line. The kick was converted by Cameron Flanagan and for the end result 36 to 25.
Coach Farr said, "We played well but still need to play for the full 80 minutes . We seem to go off the boil in our games when we take the lead and put ourselves into trouble. We could have been in the top three this season if we kept our focus for the full 80 minutes" This game was a tough match against a big Glossop pack and we certainly entertained the crowd today"
Final score - Wprfc 36 Glossop 25
Wprfc 6 tries , Glossop 4 tries
Next week is Park’s final home game of the season with a match against Liverpool Collegiate. The club has arranged a Players Reunion and a celebration to mark the End of the Season. Hopefully the sun will be shining again and there will be a big crowd in attendance for the game.
Squad: Shaun Underdown,Andrew Evans,Mike Eaves,Dave Cross,Mike Hallworth,Alex Glendining ,Matt Treacy,Dan Williams,Matt Cross,Cameron Flanagan,Sam Brookes,Ryan Williams,Jack Williams,Jimmy Moran and Lee Allmark. Replacements: Archie Sanchez,Gary Dykes and Jamie Hawes.