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Feversham Lens
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Mar 19, 2011, 7:54 PM

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Re: [Feversham Lens] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION or Reply Privately

Saturday 19th April 2011
Percy Park 36 Northern 15 (HT 15-10)
North One East
Admission: 4 (including 24pp programme)
Attendance: 175 (h/c)
Tea (in a styrofoam cup): 80p


For an hour, this was a close game. North Shields club Percy Park, title contenders in North One East, were being held 15-15 by Newcastle-based neighbours and relegation battlers Northern. But three converted home tries - one a 60m interception - within 10 minutes then put the outcome beyond reasonable doubt. Park had crossed for three tries, none converted, in the opening 40 minutes. The final score was hard on Northern, who, despite lacking anyone to match the pace shown by Park's scrum-half, inside centre and left wing, toughed it out gamely and scored three tries. Both goalkickers had real trouble finding the target - and kicking at goal is usually one rugby skill at which union players have some idea.

Park, formed in 1872, have played at Preston Avenue since 1896. The ground is located (almost inevitably, given we're talking rugby union) in the swankiest part of North Shields. The original wooden grandstand, bought from the Northumberland Agricultural Society in 1896, burnt down in the summer of 1980. Its replacement, a concrete and steel propped cantilever opened in 1983, has eight rows of bench-style seats - some of which come with cushions.

The ground is dominated by a two-storey clubhouse, opposite on the south side. This was opened in 1998, with its balcony (great view from there) added 10 years later. On the ground floor are several dressing rooms, a club shop (playing gear only), offices and toilets. A clutch of function rooms can be found on the first floor, whose corridors are lined with photographs from yesteryear. These include a dramatic shot of the old grandstand, engulfed with flames, in its death throes. There is hardstanding at all points, mast floodlights and a white plastic barrier round the wide, flat pitch. A very tidy set-up for this level of rugby union. To the north, behind the stand, is the ground of Tynemouth Cricket Club.

My girlfriend came along for the ride (or, rather, the pre-match exploration of lovely Tynemouth and a Tyne-side picnic), and was as unimpressed by turgid rugby union as a spectacle as she was a couple of years ago on the only other occasion she watched it. Back to football for both of us next Saturday - thank goodness!

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