Alnwick’s sleeping lion awakes and roars to victory

Percy Park U16 22 Alnwick U16 31

A gutsy Alnwick side came from behind to beat a large, physical Percy Park outfit.

Alnwick took the victory in the final minute of this entertaining, topsy-turvy clash in the County Cup Competition.

The sheer size of the Park players, compared to those in the Alnwick ranks, made this look, at times, to be a David vs Goliath match. But superb performances throughout the Alnwick team helped them overcome a well-drilled and skilled Park side.

Park started brightly and made the most of an overlap on the wing to score a try in the corner (5-0).

Alnwick levelled thanks to William Nelson, who seized the ball and drove over in the corner (5-5).

Park’s physical edge looked like it would pay dividends and two tries, including one conversion, put them into a healthy 17-5 lead.

It looked like it would be a long day at the office for Alnwick. But then, the Alnwick lion was awoken.

Just before half-time, quick-thinking inside centre Ben Courty made an interception and then set off for the line with only Park’s full-back in his way. He duly despatched the Park player with a hand-off and went over the line for a try under the posts, which was converted (17-12).

Alnwick scored the game’s next points after half-time.

Scott Harvey ripped the ball off a Park player in the maul and drove for the line, knocking the first tackle attempt to one side and taking the last Park defending player over the line with him as he dived over for the try (17-17).

Alnwick took the lead for the first time in the game thanks to Tom Pattinson.

His burst of acceleration took him past a number of Park players before going under the posts for the try which was then converted (17-24).

Park responded with a determined attack utilising their highly-talented, quick and powerful inside centre and their efforts were rewarded by a try in the corner (22-24).

Alnwick won the match in the last minute.

Captain Callum Burn collected the ball and instead of running down the clock he charged forward and went over for the try. To complete his last-gasp heroics, he stepped up to score the conversion (22-31).