Ryton RFC U14s 5 Morpeth RFC U14s 60
Having started the season with some good, but inconsistent performances Morpeth clicked into gear to dominate a physical Ryton in blustery conditions.
Henry Mcgrady was the first player over the try line after only two minutes, sneaking unnoticed around the corner from a ruck on the Ryton line.
This came about from some excellent continuity play by a lighter but quicker Morpeth pack who seemed to be first to every breakdown.
The conversion was missed in difficult kicking conditions.
Elliot Clark was the next player to power over the line from 10 metres out after picking up the ball from the back of a ruck and bursting through several tackles to touch down next to the posts. The score was converted.
James Teasdale then scored the first of two excellent tries, which started in his own half and saw him blast through several tackles to run in under the posts. The score was converted.
The next try was a great team score, as the backs and forwards combined to work the ball up the park, through incisive attacks and great support play which gave man-of-the-match Luke Bailey the opportunity to dive over for a converted try. Ryton hit back with a score of their own, after some good work in the middle of the field they released their very quick right winger who scorched up the touchline to touch down in the corner.
This seemed to galvanise Morpeth as they went on to score 28 unanswered points.
Clark scored another try after some typically muscular work at the breakdown and recent addition at tight head prop, Theo Stafford, capped an excellent display with a rampaging run to score.
There were further scores for Harry Bertram and Ben Gascoigne, who are forming a half-back pairing of real quality, and Callum Lamb who cut a great line to score next to the posts after some great support play.
This rounded off a great afternoon for a team that has shown excellent determination and grit to come back from some recent defeats to show what they are really capable of on a rugby field.
The man-of-the-match award given to Luke Bailey for a dynamic effort in the pack was sponsored by Down to Earth Horticultural Services.