Tue 11 Sep 2018 08:36

Blackburn 1st XV 29
Broughton Park 1st XV 14

Following from the elation of securing an opening derby victory in their first North One West game for 3 season, the 1st XV were reminded of the league's quality by a well organised Blackburn side. In Park’s first away game of the campaign Blackburn highlighted the importance of taking opportunities when they arose, and scored twice in two visits to the opposing 22, after Park had left empty handed after periods of pressure in Blackburn’s danger zone. With the score 12-0 heading into half time, Park we finally rewarded after good forward work saw Bruce Lacey power over from close range. Matt Raybould ensured Park went into the break trailing by only 5 point at 12-7.

Unfortunately for the second half was more of the same for Park, losing possession of the ball too easily and failing to convert chances as they came. Blackburn continued to show that at this level failing to be clinical would result in matches getting away, as they extended their lead to 29-7. This was despite their open side being sent off following a second caution and a nasty injury to their winger which saw the match being halted while he received treatment. As the game drew to a close they were able to make their man advantage count as Lacey picked up a second try and Raybould again kicked the extras to make the final score 29-14.

Broughton Park 2nd XV 18
Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XV 19

The 2nd XV season began in disappointing fashion as they surrendered a half time lead to lose out to Kirkby Lonsdale in the dying minutes of the game once again. In a similar repeat of last season’s game at Hough End, Park started the stronger of the sides building a 12-0 lead, following tries from Captain Marcus Eaton and Olly Maynard. As half time approached Park extended their lead through the boot of Tom Mortimore and took a 15-0 lead into the break.

In a classic tale of two halves, Kirkby Lonsdale emerged in the second half with their pack finding a higher gear and began to turn on the pressure. Their well drilled phase play saw them haul themselves back into the game and were able to peg Park back to 15-12, despite at one point playing with 13 due to yellow cards. Mortimore once again succeeded from the tee allowing Park to add a small amount of breathing space to take the score to 18-12. However deja vu struck as Park lost the game at the death, Kirkby won a scrum against the head in Park’s danger zone and were able to fashion one last chance. They succeeded in getting over the line to narrow the scores to 18-17 with the conversion to come. For the second season in a row Kirkby’s kicker held his nerve to ensure the Cumbrian’s returned north with the win.

Burnage 3rd XV
Broughton Park 3rd XV 24

Over at Burnage’s Valery field, the 3rd XV continued their 100% start to the season registering a strong 24-15 victory over their local rivals. The heavy downpour dictated the style of play of both sides’ packs battling to find an edge over the other. Luckily Park’s pack were able to create a platform to produce quick ball, which was then utilised very well by the backs to establish an early lead over Burnage. The home side were very determined to make sure they did not lose on home turf to their rivals, as could be seen in their abrasiveness throughout the match. However, Park managed the game very well and once they had the lead they never relinquished it to record an excellent win for the team.

Broughton Park 4th XV P
Aldwinians 4th XV P

The fourth team match against Aldwinians was unfortunately cancelled.

Broughton Park Ladies 22
Carlisle Ladies

Park Ladies kicked off their league season by playing out an entertaining draw with Carlisle. Early on in the game Carlisle’s experience at this level told as Park adjusted to the higher standard of play their opponents were displaying. By the midway point of the half Carlisle led the Ladies 10-0, however Park began to get back on an even foothold and find more fluidity with their play. They were rewarded with two scores before the break as tries from Alana Borkwood and Captain Louise Sinclair gave the ladies a 12-10 lead at the break.

The second half began with both sides showing excellent hands and offloading ability as the match ebbed and flowed between the sides. Carlisle were first to score in the half to take the lead once again, converting the try to give them a five point lead. The Ladies once again came from behind to take the lead after long periods of play within Carlisle’s half. Well worked tries for Ash Trueman and Emma Connolly saw the Ladies to lead 22-17 into the final ten minutes. However Carlisle refused to give up the game and scored once more to draw level at 22-22. Both sides pushed for a final opportunity to take the victory, however neither were able to find a way past the other.

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