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Durham City 0 Morpeth 12 North One East

MORPETH returned to action after the recent weather problems, making the short trip south to visit Durham City who have struggled throughout this current campaign.

With Tom Wilkinson unavailable, Matty Jinks continued his return to action slotting in at fly-half.

It was a cold day at Hollow Drift played under not unsurprisingly heavy conditions.

It was a game that never really sparked into life, although the early encounters gave Morpeth an encouraging 12-point lead.

Firstly both centres combined and Hornby scored a neat try wide out after five minutes, however, Jinks was unable to convert.

Durham then took the play in terms of possession, but this was broken when full-back Lynnas intercepted, raced the length of the field and dotted down under the posts for Jinks to add the extras.

Strangely with this coming after 12 minutes there were no further scores throughout the match.

The remainder of the first half saw Durham take control in terms of possession but never really creating a try scoring opportunity.

Morpeth held firm throughout with Forsythe particularly prominent in the close quarters.

The Mitford Road side did not help themselves with some poor kicking both in terms of execution and options.

The second half was not dissimilar to the first with Morpeth pressing but unable to break through and very little rugby being played in what was becoming even heavier going for both sides with the game petering out for a Morpeth win, but no bonus point forthcoming against a game Durham outfit who never stopped giving their all.

On Saturday, Morpeth travel to McCracken Park to take on their closest rivals Northern.