Huddersfield YMCA 33 Morpeth 10 North One East
MORPETH suffered a reverse in losing to high-flyers Huddersfield YMCA in their first game of 2014 on Saturday.
The Mitford Road men made the journey south with Hill returning after a long-term injury, as well as former captain Forsythe in the back row. There was also a return in the back row for the evergreen Menzies.
The pitch was in excellent condition and it became clear that it was a game where the home side’s backs proved to be the most effective weapon.
Huddersfield took the lead after seven minutes when a missed tackle gave them the space they needed to score a try. Things got worse when the son of former British Lion Lloyd Bentley raced over from an interception, giving the hosts a 14-point advantage.
Morpeth did rally at this point and after hitting the upright with a penalty, they had a spell of attacking pressure and a forward drive resulted in Forsythe rumbling over for an unconverted score.
This was a brief respite as Huddersfield scored their own unconverted try to make it 19-5 at half time.
The second half proved identical to the first, with a well-drilled Morpeth pack not being able to secure enough possession to deprive the home backs of the ball. They took advantage of this to get another 14 points through two converted scores.
The visitors showed good spirit, but despite Menzies scoring a consolation try, it was never enough to secure a bonus point and the final score was 33-10.
Morpeth now face some crucial games over the next few weeks as they try to avoid a potential relegation scenario. Their next fixture is on Saturday at home to Pocklington – kick-off is 2.15pm.