An uplifting way to win

Morpeth Rugby Club's U14 team
Morpeth Rugby Club's U14 team
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Gosforth U14s 0 Morpeth U14s 52

UPLIFTED by the previous week’s hard fought victory against Durham City, Morpeth U14s travelled to Druid Park to play a strong Gosforth team on Sunday morning.

Despite the outside temperature being below freezing and the ground pure white with a heavy frost, the match went ahead on Gosforth’s artificial pitch.

The game started at a great tempo with plenty of determined cover tackles and both sets of forwards vying for dominance. It was Morpeth, however, who broke the deadlock with the ball neatly spun out to the backs and Hughes breaking over the try line.

The white surface quickly changed back to the natural green colour as each inch of the pitch was covered by an excellent display of expansive, flowing rugby from both teams.

As the game developed, Morpeth’s dominance began to tell with the forwards setting up the ball to allow the backs to drive swiftly and decisively towards the Gosforth line.

Three more tries were scored by Hughes, followed by tries by Singer, Shotton, Smith and Gavaghan to give the Mitford Road Under 14s an emphatic, and well deserved, eight tries to nil victory.

Smith was on excellent form with six conversions out of eight struck cleanly between the posts. The match ended with Morpeth winning 52-0.

Congratulations must go to the Gosforth team who, despite losing, demonstrated a determined attitude throughout the game and never gave up.

The match was contested by both teams in an extremely sporting manner throughout and was testimony to the very high standard of U14 rugby in the region.

Morpeth U14s Manager and Coach, Colin Belfield, presented man-of-the-match awards to Rory Smith and Miles Gavaghan, with Jacob Hughes picking up a special award for his try scoring prowess and eagerness to keep hold of the ball.

Morpeth U14s play Alnwick at home on Sunday as their season goes from strength to strength.