Belsize Park fight back to overcome Grasshoppers and climb into top two

Ben Parker scored Belsize Park's first and last tries. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Ben Parker scored Belsize Park's first and last tries. Pic: Paolo Minoli - Credit: Archant

Ben Parker touched down twice as Belsize Park came from behind to earn a third successive victory, triumphing 33-29 away at Grasshoppers and climbing into the top two places in London North-West Division Three.

Parker went over the line early on following a break by Jamie Niven and, although the hosts replied with a try of their own, Mark Liebling scored in the corner to put BP 15-10 up.

A series of mistakes allowed Grasshoppers to cross the whitewash either side of the break and take a 29-15 lead, but Belsize regrouped and applied pressure for the rest of the game.

Jeremy Burton wrong-footed the defence to dot down before Parker finished off a move from a five-metre scrum to put the visitors 30-29 up and secure a bonus point, while a penalty kick increased their margin for error before the end.

Belsize Park lie two points behind league leaders Hackney, who they host in their next fixture on Saturday October 24.